Apple and pumpkin season is here and I hope you have been able to get outside to do some picking at local orchards or by making a visit to your farmer’s market as the season starts to come to an end and we get ready for winter markets! Here are some easy recipes to spice up your fall harvest:
Dried Apple Chips
- Core apple and slice into thin rounds
- Toss with oil and spices of your choosing or plain!
- (cinnamon and sugar for sweet, salt and pepper for savory)
- bake at 200F until dry, about 2-3 hours.
*Perfect for an after school snack with some peanut butter!
Homemade Apple Sauce
- I used about 8 large McIntosh (peeled, cored and cut into chunks)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup apple cider (my favorite is from Applecrest!)
- ½ cup brown sugar (coconut sugar, agave or honey)
- 1 cinnamon stick or powdered to taste
Toss all ingredients together into a pot and bring to a boil. Bring down to a simmer and cook covered until apples are tender (15-20 min). Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick if you used one, and mash it all up!
*Great as a sauce with herb chicken and roasted root veggies!
Apple and Potato Pancakes
- 1 large apple and 1 medium russet potato (peeled, shredded and dried with a napkin or towel)
- 2 table spoons of all-purpose flower (doesn’t matter what kind)
- salt to taste and a pinch or two of nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together and fry in a skillet with oil or butter, about 4 minutes per side. *Top with some raw apple slices, maple syrup and maybe a side of breakfast sausage!
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Puree
- About 2 pie pumpkins (quartered and gutted but save the seeds!)
- Place pieces of pumpkin on a baking sheet, drizzled in oil and water
- Bake for about 45 minutes at 350F or until tender
- When finished, scrape the meat off of the skins
- Blend, process, mash or whisk pumpkin meat with 1 tablespoon of water, or more, depending on your desired consistency.
*Season with pie spices and add this to a pie crust for the perfect fall dessert!
- Rinse the seeds left over from making the puree or carving your newest fall decoration
- Dry with a towel and toss with oil
- For a savory snack season with salt and paprika, for something sweet toss with brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Roast in the oven at 350F, occasionally flipping seeds until each side is golden brown
*Great topping on your pies, salads, or perfect on their own!