“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple is connected to that of man.”
Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits: Thoreau’s Rediscovered last manuscrip
Apple season is upon us and I’ve searched the archives to compile readers’ favorite apple recipes. From a tasty maple cauliflower apple soup to company-worthy turkey medallions in a flavorful curried apple-shallot wine sauce, there are many recipes to showcase apples in their glory. Of course apple desserts abound and one of my favorites is a butternut squash-apple Bundt cake with a cider glaze. If you want to take the apple theme right down to the table setting, I’ve got you covered with a centerpiece featuring votive candles set right into, you guessed it, apples! Click on the highlighted titles for the recipes. Enjoy!
My neighbor Laurie’s apple tree is chock full of apples and she is sharing the windfall. Now these apples are truly destined for baking. They are a bit tart and often blemished, which is precisely why I like them. The tree is untreated so I know these apples are organic and I have just the recipe for transforming them into a delicious but healthy snacking cake. I call this my “Back To School Apple Cake” since I used to make it for my kids when they were little. It was a sweet treat without guilt. There are 3 cups of apples in the batter for just 1 cup of flour! Applesauce is used to reduce the fat content with a mere 2 tablespoons of oil. A scant 2/3 cup of sugar sweetens this easy cake. You could substitue honey or maple syrup to make it even healthier and swap out half the all-purpose flour for whole wheat. I love how the apples, peel and all, go in there for both speed of preparation and a boost in fiber. It is a quick cake, not too sweet, moist, fool proof, yet tasty. Feel free to throw in some nuts or raisins if you like. I always make 2 and freeze one. I love my neighbor Laurie!