Everything apples! Four delicious ways to enjoy autumn's finest fruit


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Keep your spiced lattes, you pumpkin-loving weirdos.

There’s always been one King of Fall and that is the apple. We’ll be over here noshing on mounds and mounds of McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji and Red Delicious apples. By the way, did you know that there’s an apple variety called the Jonathan, and it’s perfect for making applesauce? I, for one, am delighted.

The nutritional benefits of eating apples alone are an incredible reason to buy them by the bushel: They supply us with a hardy amount of soluble fiber, fill our stomachs for a low number of calories, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol and can help with exercise endurance.

Procuring apples, too, can be a fun fall tradition. With so many different varieties of apples ripening anywhere from July through late October, go ahead and hit the orchards.

But most importantly, apples are amazing in a number of recipes, and the sole limitation of cooking with apples is your own creativity. Apples can serve as the featured item of your dish or as a more subtle ingredient to add flavor. Let’s take a look at four ways to cook with apples this fall that aren’t pie:


Are you totally into making jam or canning? If so, making fresh applesauce will be right up your ally. Like homemade baby food, this is a wonderful alternative to the sugar- and preservative-laden types found in your local supermarket. And you can make it as chunky or smooth as you’d like.


Juicing is so trendy right now, so try making your own apple juice. As the weather chills, you may want to warm up with a hot cider instead.


This combination of savory with a hint of sweet will bring the house down at this year’s Thanksgiving. The apples and onions provide both flavor and moisture, especially if you bake your stuffing outside of a bird.

Baked French toast

This is the absolute, without a doubt, best brunch recipe my mum makes. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it can serve a gaggle of chatty women. Replace dried and chopped apples with fresh sliced apples, which keeps the dish from drying out.