Three Ways to Use Your Orchard Apples – The Spectator


Hay walks, corn mazes, photo ops and lots of apples. This is what fall looks like in Wisconsin to many locals. Here are a few ways to use your orchard apples.

The classic apple crunch

According to The big boss, apple crisps are a true fall dessert reminiscent of past generations. Classic Apple Crisp uses simple ingredients that can be easily combined and tossed in the oven for a warm sweet treat on cold fall nights.

The recipe, taken from the Chunky Chef website, requires six apples of any variety, and requires an hour of prep and baking. The recipe is as follows:

What do you need

  • 6 golden apples, peeled and chopped (other varieties can be used, can also be sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8 × 8 baking sheet with an oil of your choice. For the base of the crisp, add the chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp. cinnamon and lemon juice in a large bowl. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and prepare the filling.

In another large bowl, combine the brown sugar, oatmeal, flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, salt and diced cold butter. The website recommends using a cookie cutter to make sure your filling is the size of a pea.

Spread the mixture evenly and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown. The apple crisp can be enjoyed on its own or with an ice cream of your choice.

The simple salty salad

For those who don’t have a sweet tooth or who have had your fill of apples in the pastry shop, here is a recipe that wears out your orchard apples and provides a light and healthy meal.

Everyday delicious website offers a simple apple celery salad that is a “crunchy, fresh and delicious option”.

What do you need

  • 2 handfuls of salad mix
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • small handful of nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
  • 3.5 ounces of goat cheese
  • orange honey vinaigrette:
    • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
    • zest of ½ orange
    • 1 heaped teaspoon of honey
    • salt and black pepper to taste

Prepare your apples, celery, and lettuce by washing and chopping them properly. After preparation, dress your salad, celery, apple, nuts, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese.

The recommended dressing for this salad is orange honey vinaigrette. Mix the necessary ingredients for the orange honey vinaigrette, pour over the salad and enjoy!

Easy French Fries

If you prefer easy snacks and have an air fryer, this recipe is for you. Of My fork life website offers apple chips which are a quick, easy and delicious healthy snack.

What do you need

  • 1-2 apples
  • Cinnamon (optional)

The recipe recommends using a mandolin to cut your apple into thin strips for chips. Place the slices in an air fryer basket and cook for 16 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turn and shake the apples in the basket for even cooking. Remove the apple slices from the basket and let them cool. Sprinkle the slices with cinnamon and enjoy.

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