How to Use Fall Apples

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Fall is here and there is no better time to create warm, delicious recipes with apples. Whether you’re looking to make a warm apple pie for the kids when they come home from school or use apples in a more savory preparation, RecipeLion has it all. Our Editors love to utilize all the varieties of apples and encourage you to grab a bushel of your favorites and create an apple cake recipe, baked apple recipe or even a recipe using applesauce. But once you get your lot home and find yourself staring down a kitchen full of apples, it can be daunting to figure out what to do next. We have a number of ideas of how to use those apples in a variety of delicious preparations.

Savory Applications

Pork and apples are a classic combination. You can cook down diced apples into a sauce to top a pork chop, or you can leave your apples in bigger chunks to cook alongside your pork. Because pork is so moist, it’s great to cook in a slow cooker. Try the delicious recipe below for a great application of fresh apples. Just set the ingredients up in your slow cooker and let it do all the work.

Apple-Apricot Pork Chops

This slow-cooked recipe is a delight. Try sweet, fruit-rich slow cooker pork chops tonight!


* 2 pork fillets or chops
* 1 cup chopped apples
* 1 cup chopped dried apricots
* 1/2 cup fresh or dried cranberries (optional)
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 2 ribs celery, sliced in 1/2-inch pieces
* 1/2 cup apple juice
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup dry sherry or wine (or more apple juice)
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 1/2 cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water


1. Combine all ingredients; cover and cook 7 to 9 hours on low. 30 minutes before serving, pour liquid into a separate container to skim off excess fat.

2. Stir in cornstarch mixture and return broth to slow cooker. Continue cooking on low until smooth and thickened.

Sweet Applications

When it comes to sweet apple recipes, apple pie is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Granny smith apples work well in pies and should always be peeled, cored and sliced before using in a pie. When making a pie crust, it’s also important to remember that your fat (butter, shortening or a combination) should always be kept cold until you are ready to use it. It’s also key to make sure that you don’t overmix your crust dough and that you combine the ingredients just until they come together. For more pie baking tips, check out our blog post from Crisco Pie Baking Champion Dawn Viola. For a great apple pie recipe, check out this Amish apple pie:

Amish Apple Pie

This recipe is as American as apple pie. An all-time favorite great dessert recipe, apple pie is a delicious dessert delight. This decadent dessert is the perfect end to any meal. Celebrate life with this tasty pie recipe.

Serves: 10


* 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoon flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
* 1 pinch salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold
* 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
* 4 large apples, McIntosh or Granny Smith (4 cups)
* 1 unbaked 10 inch pie shell
* 1 egg
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a food processor bowl, mix the streusel ingredients, 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

2. Add the butter and process until the mixture is crumbly; it should still have a dry look to it — don’t over process. Add the nuts then set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Peel, core and thinly slice apples; there should be 4 cups. Place apples in the pie shell.

5. In a small bowl, mix the remaining sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Beat the egg in a medium bowl, and add the cream and vanilla.

6. Add the sugar mixture to the egg mixture and blend. Pour over the apples.

7. Bake for 1 hour in the lower one-third of the oven. After 20 minutes, sprinkle streusel over the top and continue baking approximately 40 minutes longer, or until the top puffs and is golden brown.

Another great way to use apples is to bake whole apples stuffed with nuts or raisins. Try this recipe for almond-stuffed apples that is simple and delicious. This apple cake with orange topping is another great sweet way to use fresh-picked apples and it’s a definite crowd pleaser. For even more great ideas for using fall apples, click here.


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  1. Karla Fewell says

    I have so many apples. The baking kind. Not too sweet. How can I put them in the freezer to use in the Winter. Can I just peel them and bag them or do I need to do something else.?

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