I for one absolutely love fall. Growing up in Southern California the weather remains at a pretty constant mid-seventies range and while growing up in an unfailingly temperate climate certainly has its benefits (shorts to Grandma’s house for Christmas, for example) there is something magical about the changing of the seasons that has captured me since moving to the East Coast so many years ago. Going apple picking, as I saw in so many TV shows growing up, was beyond a thrill. If fall had an edible mascot it would probably be the apple, and, in that spirit here are some easy apple recipes for the coming season.

Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker!

This recipe couldn’t be easier, just throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning, and by dinner time you have a treat for the entire week!

  • 10 large cooking apples, peeled, cored & sliced or cut in chunks
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 c. sugar

Put all ingredients into crockpot. Leave about a quarter of the top of the pot open then cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours (High 3 to 4 hours).

Apple Pie In A Skillet

The phrase “easy as pie” might possibly be referring to this recipe specifically.

  • 10 large cooking apples, peeled, cored & sliced or cut in chunks
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Throw the butter in the skillet with the cornstarch and brown sugar and heat on low until melted. Remove from heat and place the pie crust in the skillet over the melted sugar and butter. Add a mixture of apples, cinnamon, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar into the skillet and place second pie crust on top, pinching at the edges. Whisk the egg white until foamy and add water and 2 TBL of granulated sugar to the mix, then brush on top of the crust. Cut four to six slits in the top pie crust and put in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) for sixty minutes. Et voila! A beautiful apple pie for the whole family to enjoy.

A Delicious Salad

I love a salad that crunches, and apples make a perfect addition to any healthy, light salad. Below is a recipe for one of my favorites. I love a mix of golden delicious and granny smith for this recipe, but try it out and make it your own!

  • 2 apples – thinly sliced
  • 2 large pears – thinly sliced
  • 1 large jicama – thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • A few squeezes of lemon

I mean, there’s not a whole lot of instructions after this! You can add slices of red onion or maybe a few sprigs of dry mint. I like it with just a bit of lemon or maybe a splash of orange juice but a light dressing won’t overpower the citrus as long as you have enough ingredients.