Fall Fest: Apples

by Jennifer Iannolo

Nothing quite says fall like apples. Except maybe pumpkins, but we’re not at that Fall Fest week on the calendar yet, so patience, Prudence.

The apple takes a lot of flack for being the fruit that led to the demise of Adam and Eve’s innocence, but we’d like to add that (a) it was more likely the tomato that did such work; and (b) we think they probably had a better time afterward.

For us, there is no greater temptation than a freshly baked apple resplendent with cinnamon and other spices, so we get it. In fact, we’ve included recipes for everything from soups to cocktails and dessert in this week’s roundup, so prepare your senses for a bit of “oh my, yes.”

Apples: The Seductive Fruit

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas
Apple Anise Pizza
Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding
Apple and Blue Cheese Tartine
Roasted Squab (or Cornish Game Hens) with Apple-Cinnamon Glaze.
Apple & Turnip Soup with Nutmeg Cheddar Breadsticks
Clove Spiced Champagne

Photo: Jaden Hair

Here’s what our other Fall Fest friends are cooking with apples this week. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #fallfood.

Margaret Roach: A Way to Garden
Favorite apple photos

Alison: Food2
22 awesome ways to use your apples

FN Dish: Food Network
Pick the perfect apple

Sara: Cooking Channel
Apple dessert recipes

Healthy Eats: Food Network
31 days of apple recipes

Food Network UK
Five English apples you should know and love

Marilyn: Simmer Till Done
Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Revised Medieval Apple Tart

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
Favorite apple recipes

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Apple Stack Cake and Dark Caramel Apples

Alana Chernila: Eating From the Ground Up
God and Apple Pie

Todd & Diane: White on Rice Couple
Apple picking & Broiled Leeks with Apple Vinaigrette

Paige: The Sister Project
Third-Prize Apple Pie

Each Wednesday for the rest of the fall, a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

9/22 Spinach
9/29 Apples
10/6 Fall Salads
10/13 Pumpkin & Winter Squash
10/20 Pears
10/27 “Mad Stash”, aka what you’re canning, preserving, freezing for winter
11/3 Root Vegetables
11/10 Brassicas

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Purple Cook September 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

For Fall Fest:
Our early apple picking led to some great treats at our house. My post on apples has three great recipes, apple muffins for the kids, an ooey gooey cake that is to die for, and a traditional apple pie. There is one more idea on there waiting to come to life, a frozen apple pie filling.
Happy Apple Crunching!

Aimee @ Simple Bites September 29, 2010 at 9:07 am

Thanks for hosting Fall Fest!

My contribution just might be the simplest: Classic Homemade Applesauce. It’s part of my week-long series on Canning 101. Enjoy!


Ranjani September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

Ha, I agree with your Adam & Eve comments. And thanks for the interesting recipes! I will have to try that apple and anise pizza
This week I made brie, apple, and arugula quesadillas:

Feast on the Cheap September 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

Umm drooling at the thought of Apple Cinnamon Empanadas…

I’ve been taking advantage of the autumnal bounty with a Apple, Raisin & Celery Seed Slaw.


Kathleen September 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for the beautiful recipes,love apples. I made a few things for Fall Fest apple week, but then I am always making something with apples.

napa farmhouse 1885/diane September 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

i posted a recipe for apple & pear crisp…and reposted a recipe from a couple of years ago… roasted apple and caramelized onion au gratin soup , which has become a favorite in our home…


Rachel September 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Those empanadas sound amazing!

What have I been baking this morning? Apple cinnamon bran muffins! They’re cooling on the counter right now. I’ve already had one as my late-morning snack and they’re delicious! Lots of local apple love, hand-picked by my at the orchard down the road, went into these babies: http://muffinegg.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/apple-cinnamon-bran-muffins/

Leah September 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

We used to take our kids up to the Santa Ynez Valley when they were younger to pick apples. Now that they’re older and busy with other activities, it’s more difficult to find the time. It’s unfortunate, because we really enjoyed doing it. The apples from that region are some of the best I’ve ever tasted (right on par with the wines). I can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn weekend than to go wine tasting and apple picking with the family!

I haven’t had the time yet this year to write an apple post, but here are a few from the past with recipes that are sure to please every apple lover out there.

Apple Gouda Quesadillas with Spicy (Spiked) Cider: http://www.wineimbiber.com/index.php/2008/10/trader-joes-tuesday4/

Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake with the most sublime Spicy Caramel Glaze:

Apple-Almond Upside Down Cake:

sandhya@vegetarianirvana September 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Having fun browsing all the fall fest sites and learning so much along the way.
Check out my baked apple with rice and raisin entree at

Stephanie @ Dollop of Cream September 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Apple anise pizza — I love that combo. Thank you for the idea!

My contribution to fall fest this week is a homey apple chutney — perfect with a creamy cheese dolloped on a cracker: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/09/mrs-doucets-apple-chutney.html

Julie @ The Avocado Pit October 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Those are some very interesting apple ideas! Can’t wait to give some a try.
I stayed traditional and made an apple crumb tart.


Veronika Rojas October 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Leah October 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

So glad I found your awesome blog. I am so excited to participate in Fall Fest 2010 with my apple butter recipe: http://leahsthoughts.com/2010/10/04/apple-butter-jam-a-hallmark-of-fall/

Briana October 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Please visit http://kitchenjourneys.com/2010/10/05/apple-pie/ for my Fall Fest contribution of Uncle Marvin’s “foolproof” apple pie.

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” ~Jane Austen

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