Fall's apple abundance is a great blessing to the cook. We match varieties to recipes that highlight their unique character.
As the weather gets crisp and the crispness of apples signals the sweet, fleeting passage of fall, it's time to get cooking. You may find eight varieties of apples for sale in
a good grocery store these days, and a dozen or more in a big farmers' market. There are more than 2,500 kinds of apples grown
in the United States alone, with rare, old heirloom varieties on a welcome rebound. All this means you have a bumper crop
of fruit to cook with—and apples are a great cooking fruit. We matched some favorite varieties to recipes designed to unlock
the unique charm of each fruit.
Watch the Video: Season's Best: Apples
Originally appearing in an issue from 1997, this Cinnamon-Apple Cake is one of our most loved recipes and can be served as
dessert or a breakfast coffee cake. The cream cheese in the batter gives the cake lots of moisture. We recommend using mild-tasting
View Recipe: Cinnamon-Apple Cake
Sugary-sweet Honeycrisp apples balance the spiced wine in this festive drink. Pink Lady or Ambrosia apples—which are slow
to oxidize—would make good substitutes.
View Recipe: Apple Sangria
A mixture of apple varieties, rather than just one type, will produce apple butter with rich, complex flavor in this slow
cooker recipe. Good choices include Esopus Spitzenburg, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Northern Spy, Rome, Stayman, Winesap, and
Enjoy the apple butter over toast or English muffins, or serve it with pork chops or chicken.
View Recipe: Overnight Apple Butter
Ashmead's Kernel, a very old English apple, is smallish and lumpy with a russet exterior that blankets the green skin. We
like its crisp flavor here, though any apple would work.
View Recipe: Serrano, Manchego, and Apple Sandwiches
Mild Rome apples are great for baking this scrumptious upside-down cake however you can also use Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or
Jonagold apples. Dollop the cake with a bit of whipped cream, if desired.
View Recipe: Apple Upside-Down Cake
The flavors of fall meet in this sandwich. Tangy Havarti cheese provides a pleasing contrast to the sweet Pink Lady apples
and spicy arugula. Substitute nutty fontina or mild Muenster for the Havarti, if you prefer.
View Recipe: Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple and Havarti
Sweet Pink Lady apples hold up well to being sautéed for the compote. Liberty, Fuji, or Jonagold apples would also work. Substitute
Hawaiian bread if challah isn't available.
View Recipe: French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote
With crust above and below, this classic apple pie offers ample flaky crispness as a counterpoint to the soft, moist, tart-sweet
filling made of Granny Smith apples.
View Recipe: Double-Crusted Apple Pie
Fuji apples offer a crisp counterpoint to the rich, creamy cheese. Substitute Honeycrisp or Ambrosia apples, if you prefer.
View Recipe: Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas
This sweet-tart condiment features crisp, slightly acidic Spartan apples, though Fuji, Jonagold, and Liberty apples would
also work nicely. Serve with pork or roast chicken.
View Recipe: Fresh Apple Salsa
Pink Lady apples are wonderful for applesauce, and so work very well in this pureed appetizer soup. Sweet Fuji or all-purpose
Spartan apples would also lend themselves nicely to the dish.
View Recipe: Apple-Parsnip Soup
Jonagold apples bring some tartness to the lightly sweet squash-based filling. You can also use other good baking apples like
Honeycrisp or Rome. Serve as a side dish or appetizer.
View Recipe: Squash-Apple Turnovers
A crispy crust and gooey, sweet center make this wholesome treat something to write home about.
View Recipe: Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp
Sweet spices coat lean pork tenderloin, while apples get a savory treatment with shallots and thyme. Serve with a spinach
View Recipe: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples
Warm, cinnamon apples combine with a creamy custard for a fun twist on apple pie. Tip: The key to both a flaky piecrust and
crisp streusel topping is to keep them as cold as possible before putting them into the oven.
View Recipe: Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie
Apples are a tasty welcomed addition to this traditional comforting classic of stringy melted Swiss, sweet onions, and sourdough
View Recipe: French Onion and Apple Soup
Top tender apple cupcakes with a sweet and crunchy topping of brown sugar and almonds, then drizzle with a powdered sugar
glaze. The amaretto adds an even more distinct almond flavor to the cupcakes, but if you don't have it, you can use almond
View Recipe: Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes
Apple chutney is a heart-warming topping for pork in this family-friendly dinner of spicy, boneless chops.
View Recipe: Spiced Pork Chops with Apple Chutney
Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple is the definition of hearty in a bowl. Earthy green cabbage mingles with moist shredded
chicken, chicken sausage, and broth-soaked potatoes. Tart, crunchy apple slices add a fruity counterpoint to this German-inspired
View Recipe: Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple
This coffee cake is best served warm. To prepare ahead, cool completely, wrap (still in the pan) in foil, and leave out at
room temperature for up to one day, or freeze for up to three months. To reheat thawed cake, unwrap and bake at 250° for 15
to 20 minutes.
View Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Coffeecake
"This slaw is a healthier version of an original family recipe. It is creamy and delicious, and takes about five minutes to
make." -Kelly McWherter, Houston, TX
View Recipe: New-Fashioned Apple and Raisin Slaw
This creamy cheesecake combines the pleasant tartness of fall apples with the buttery sweetness of caramel to really showcase
View Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
Pungent goat cheese, peppery arugula, and slightly sweet apples transform this token finger food into a gourmet dinner.
View Recipe: Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza
The dramatic presentation of this German pancake—it puffs up gloriously—as well as the recipe's rich, custardlike texture
make it a morning delight. Use any type of firm, tart apple such as Granny Smith, pippin, Northern Spy, or Sierra Beauty.
View Recipe: German Apple Pancake
Spring is the season for fresh rhubarb. So take advantage of this seasonal fresh flavor and dish up homemade Rhubarb-Apple
View Recipe: Rhubarb Apple Pie
Enjoy this fruit-studded chicken salad with whole-grain crackers, or spread it on whole wheat bread for a sandwich.
View Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins
Warm flavors like sage and cinnamon play up the contrast between the juicy pork chops and caramelized apples. Tart Granny
Smiths and slightly sweeter Braeburn apples both work well for this dish.
View Recipe: Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples
Tart Granny Smith slices take the bite out of the sweet heat from the shrimp. This is easy for a weeknight meal but also unique
for weekend entertaining.
View Recipe: Shrimp Tacos with Green Apple Salsa
Simple sometimes means the best and the boldest. This fresh apple and celery salad is certainly the crunchiest.
View Recipe: Celery-Apple Salad