Lifestyle Food 15 Sweet, Savory and Super Tasty Ways to Use Apples Did you come back from apple picking with more fruit than you know what do with? From pies to pizza, these recipes make perfect-for-fall dishes By Nancy Mattia Published on October 9, 2014 02:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 15 APPLE PIE BAKED APPLES Courtesy sallysbakingaddiction.com Do baked apples sound boring? Not these beauties, which Sally, of Sally's Baking Addiction, describes as "everything you love about apple pie – the gooey cinnamon filling, the warm apples, the buttery homemade pie crust – all baked inside an apple." 02 of 15 APPLE MOJITO Courtesy chasingdelicious.com When mojitos became supertrendy a few years ago, the apple version quickly became a favorite and has remained so. The Chasing Delicious blog’s libation gets its fruitiness from an apple juice reduction, which provides a subtle taste. Want more of an apple kick? Try substituting apple-flavored rum. 03 of 15 APPLE PIE BISCUITS Courtesy joythebaker.com If you've ever made biscuits that came out of the oven smelling great but had the texture of a baseball, follow blogger Joy the Baker's advice and use self-rising flour to make these cinnamon-spiced Fuji apple biscuits. This type of flour has a lower-protein content, which delivers light and fluffy goods. 04 of 15 APPLE SLAB PIE Courtesy Deb Perelman/smittenkitchen.com With its higher crust-to-filling ratio, a slab pie is a crust lover's dream come true. Deb of Smitten Kitchen created a crust that's especially flaky and buttery and totally deserving of the pie's sweet filling: apples scented with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, the triple crown of baking spices. 05 of 15 APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS Courtesy bakedbyrachel.com Never settle for one flavored doughnut if you can have three. When Rachel, the blogger behind Baked By Rachel, made her first-ever batch of apple cider doughnuts, she prepared them three ways: plain, with cinnamon-sugar and topped with caramel icing. No wonder her family gobbled them up quickly! We'd happily match them bite for bite. 06 of 15 APPLE PIE PANCAKES Courtesy averiecooks.com Imagine starting your day with pancakes that taste like apple pie. Blogger Averie, of Averie Cooks, came up with a simple recipe – just throw a grated apple into pancake batter spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and put your griddle to work. To make the pancakes more pie-ish, she topped her stack with vanilla maple syrup and vanilla maple butter. And she promises, "Your house definitely will smell like fall after making a batch of these." 07 of 15 APPLE GINGER BREAKFAST CAKES Courtesy topwithcinnamon.com Think of them as rectangular muffins. Made with three different grains (whole wheat flour, cornmeal and oat flour), apples and candied ginger, these adorable treats from Top With Cinnamon have a sweet and spicy personality, perfect for brunch, a midday snack, a late-afternoon hunger attack – meaning, anytime! 08 of 15 CARAMELIZED APPLE & GORGONZOLA PIZZA Courtesy sallysbakingaddiction.com This isn't the usual slice from your local pizza joint. Gorgonzola cheese subs for mozzarella, rosemary for basil, and apples instead of mushrooms or other topping. And – surprise! – there’s no tomato sauce but there is a touch of honey. “It’s not weird, I promise,” says Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. “It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.” Sweet and salty in each bite? We’ll take two slices to go, please! 09 of 15 APPLE CIDER CHICKEN STEW Courtesy ironstef.com “Time for roasting chickens and drinking cider and making soups and stews,” says Stephanie on her Iron Stef blog. We couldn’t agree more! Her stew calls for basic essentials like carrots, celery and onions, but it’s the little extras she threw into the pot – bacon, ginger, coriander and nutmeg – that make this hearty dish a standout. 10 of 15 ROAST PORK LOIN WITH APPLES Courtesy en.julskitchen.com Looking for elegant comfort food? Try this pork loin with caramelized apples dish that, according to Giulia of the Juls’ Kitchen blog, caresses your senses and soothes what worries you. “As with any self-respecting pork roast,” she says, “the meat is well browned on the outside, with a warm and reassuring hue, while inside is juicy and soft.” Her preferred way of cooking the pork: in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop. 11 of 15 ACORN SQUASH WITH APPLE STUFFING Courtesy happilyunprocessed.com Debi of Happily Unprocessed blog “thought it would be nice to combine the crisp crunch of the apples, the delicate taste of sage in the sausage and tartness of the cranberries with the sweetness of an acorn squash.” We think “nice” hardly begins to describe this delectable dish, which she married with her go-to bread stuffing recipe. 12 of 15 CARROT AND APPLE SLAW Courtesy realhousemoms.com A great side dish for burgers and sammies is slaw – this version is full of flavor and color, thanks to carrots, Granny Smith apples and raisins. Aubrey of the Real Housemoms blog describes her dish as “sweet and a tad sour.” She uses rice wine vinegar but suggests apple cider vinegar if you prefer a dressing that’s less sweet but still packed with flavor. 13 of 15 STRAWBERRY APPLESAUCE Courtesy lemontreedwelling.com Commercially prepared applesauce in a jar may be convenient but it doesn't compare to the homemade kind. Making it yourself takes only about 20 minutes and tastes a thousand times better. (And oh, the glorious texture!) Add strawberries and cinnamon and you’ve got a healthy snack in a fetching color that Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling likes to hand out as gifts. 14 of 15 SPICED APPLE BUTTER Courtesy fullmeasureofhappiness.com The question: “What is a girl to do when she has 25 apples to use up and very little free time?” For Lauren of the blog A Full Measure of Happiness, the answer is make apple butter. She put the fruit, plus cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, water and sugar in a slow cooker for nearly 24 hours and when she woke up in the morning, “my every apple butter dream had come true.” Try it with toast, oatmeal and yogurt for your own dreamy satisfaction. 15 of 15 APPLE PIE PUNCH Courtesy thecookierookie.com The next time you throw a party, throw together this punch from Becky of Cookie Rookie. Made with apples, cider, pear nectar, ginger ale and vodka, this simple recipe is served over ice but could just as easily be heated to warm up a chilly night.