5 Fantastic Fall Apple Recipes

Fall Apple RecipesApple, apples, apples! Sweet ones, tart ones, crisp, juicy apples!  I love all things apple!  From the cliché apple pie, to cheddar bacon dip with apple wedges!  I also am reminded of my mom’s fresh apple cake.  What a moist and rich treat on a fall afternoon snack or as a dessert after a hearty soup or stew.  Apples are not expensive and come in many varieties.

Kids love them in their lunch box or as an after school snack.  I always love to drip mine in caramel sauce. The tart and sweet is an amazing combination.

When choosing apples, keep in mind what you are going to use them for.  For eating, choose a Red Delicious, Fuji, or a Gala.  Some who enjoy a tarter taste may choose a Winesap or even a Golden Delicious.  For cooking, choose an apple that will hold up well to cooking. Braeburn, Newton Pippin, and Granny Smith come to mind here, as well as other lesser known, more exotic varieties.

You can test your apple’s mettle by adding some sugar and water to it and microwaving it for a few minutes.  See how it stands up to moisture and heat.  Is it too mushy?  It may be better to make applesauce with!  Once you master the varieties of apples, do not be timid.  Mix varieties!  It’s all good! Also, the size of the apple matters here.  Small to medium sized apples deliver the best flavor.  The large ones somehow lose their flavor and tend to be pithy in texture.  Do not worry about how pretty the apples are when you are going to cook with them!  They are to be peeled and chopped or sliced, so who cares!  It is the flavor and texture we are looking for!

If you are lucky enough to be the owner of an apple tree, go for it! Or if you live close to an orchard and can go pick your own, it is an absolute treat to use local produce in your baking.  Most supermarkets have a wide variety of apples to choose from.  Again, just be aware of what you intend on using the apples for, eating or cooking.

It’s apple time!  Go get some and get busy! Here are some fabulous fall apple recipes.

Apple cake



1/2 C. Mazola oil
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. applies, diced
3 C. sifted flour
1/2 tsp.cinnamon
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. nuts, chopped

Stir together the first 4 ingredients only enough to break up eggs. DO NOT OVER-MIX. Add apples, flour and rest of ingredients. Grease and flour angel food cake pan or bundt pan. Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Can be sprinkled with sifted powdered sugar or glazed with a powdered sugar icing.

(I always grease with margarine and I don’t flour the pan – I turn it out soon after I take it out of the oven – usually – with margarine – it will slide right out. Also, I put raisins in sometimes)

apple cobbler


photo source: Martha Stewart

My Grandmother’s Apple Cobbler

Dough for crust:
3 c. of flour
¾ c. sugar
1 ¼ c. shortening
¼ t. salt
2T water

Cut all of these ingredients together with a pastry blender. Divide into two. Press half of dough into the bottom and sides of a 9″x13″ pan. Be careful not to overwork this dough, so as not to make it tough. Save the rest of the dough for lattice over the top.

4 c. peeled, sliced apples, (for COOKING)
1 ½ T cinnamon
1T nutmeg
2 c. sugar
2 c. water

Heat all ingredients over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens. Pour apple mixture into crust. Create lattice by rolling remaining dough out on lightly floured surface. Using a pastry wheel, cut strips and lay in a criss-cross pattern over top of cobbler, squeezing dough at sides to secure. Sprinkle top of cobbler with cinnamon-sugar, if desired, and dot the top with butter. Bake at 400 degrees for the first 30 minutes, then down to 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream or even half and half.

Bacon dip


photo source: Pillsbury

Apples with Hot Cheddar and Bacon Dip

Core and slice 4-6 apples. Dip in lemon juice and refrigerate.

6 slices bacon cooked crispy, then crumbled
8 oz. cream cheese
2 c. grated sharp cheddar
6 T cream
1 t worcestershire sauce
¼ t dry mustard
¼ t onion salt
dash of tabasco sauce

Cook in heavy saucepan on low heat until melted and blended. Transfer to a chafing dish. Arrange the lemon juice-dipped apple slices around the dip. Enjoy!

apple blueberry cobbler


Maple Apple and Blueberry Crisp

3 apples, peeled & thinly sliced
1 package frozen blueberries, thawed and drained
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss sliced apples, blueberries, sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon.
Spread in an 8×8 inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
For the topping: In a bowl combine brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Pour maple syrup and butter over and toss until moistened.
Sprinkle topping over fruit and bake 1 hour or until golden and fruit is fork tender. Let cool 15 minutes.

apple crisp

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When Kids Worry

When Kids WorryA concerned mom wrote this:

My child worries excessively. Any bad thing she learns about, from world hunger to tornados, keeps her upset constantly. Just this past week she asked her father to buy a Geiger counter. She wanted to see if our home was radioactive. What should we say and do to help her calm down a bit? 

This is an excellent and timely question. Some children (and adults) are more sensitive to events and circumstances than others. It’s a safe bet, however, that trouble, threat, and difficulty aren’t going to go away, so it helps to soothe and fortify our children when and where we can.

Worry and concern are nothing new. When our parents and grandparents were young, they worried that the Japanese would attack the west coast. In fact, there was conjecture that an attack could reach as far as Chicago.

After the Korean Conflict, we focused on the Russians and the atomic bomb. I can still remember the A-bomb drills in elementary school. (Does anyone remember the slogan, “When you see the flash, DUCK and COVER!”) Businesses selling family-sized fallout shelters you could bury in your back yard seemed to spring up overnight. From earthquakes and runaway nuclear reactors to idiots bringing guns to school and using them, trouble and threat stoke enough fear to upset anyone.

We can’t shelter and shield our children from every shred of news they encounter, nor should we. But we can offer them clarification and support. Here are a few ideas.

Always remember, kids personalize EVERYTHING. That’s just the way they are. When a child expresses empathy for children victimized by earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados and hurricanes (not to mention man-made disasters), a deeper message could well be, “What if that had happened to ME?” Although their benevolence and concerns for others are genuine, their more troubled thoughts are often much closer to home.

— Don’t minimize their worries or their feelings. Saying, “Now don’t you worry about that!” doesn’t make worry go away. Often it only causes a child to feel foolish for experiencing a valid emotion: fear. It’s better to say something like, “I understand your concern; can I help you with that?”

— Clarify the facts. When kids don’t have good facts, they make up their own, and they’re usually more dismal than the truth. A child growing up in Kansas, for instance, might have cause to fret about tornados, but she can be shown how a tsunami isn’t very likely at all. (It would help to let her reinforce this conclusion by showing her a globe or a world map.) It’s amazing how a little information can make a big difference.

— Offer soothing and support through family rituals. Hug them more, touch them often, and always keep a dialog open. I can still remember warmly my parents or my grandmother sitting with me as I said my bedtime prayers. Those were special moments; they made (and still make) a difference in my life.

— Suggest how they might help. Doing something not only helps others, but it offers a sense of control over worry and concern. A child could be encouraged to collect aluminum cans with proceeds going to Red Cross assistance. Better yet, the youngster could get friends involved, adding to the effort.

(Back in the days of the A-bomb scare, my father was a Civil Defense Block Warden. He went to meetings, attended first-aid classes, and stayed prepared, just in case. I can’t tell you how many “pretend” head injuries and broken arms my sister and I sustained for the cause. Bottom line: Dad felt better when he could DO something. It’s the same with our children.)

— Remain observant. Note any changes in eating or sleeping patterns, or continuing signs of excessive stress or anxiety. Note also if the child has more difficulty than usual handling everyday frustration. Monitor performance and grades at school, too.

— Seek assistance, if needed. Although a child’s parents should a first-line resource for help and comforting, it’s possible the parents could feel overwhelmed in the effort. Input from others, such as the school counselor or the family pastor, could prove helpful.

Jim415smPsychologist Dr. James Sutton, is the founder and host of The Changing Behavior Network. For more information about the Network, as well as his latest ebook, Resolving Conflicts with Your Children, go to www.DocSpeak.com.

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