Apple Basics and Recipes

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Autumn’s crisp air, bright leaves, and cozy sweaters mean it’s time to indulge in some of our favorite apple recipes. Whether you’re picking your own or just picking them up at the store, use these great apple tips to make your next bite your best. So go ahead, celebrate the fall harvest and bake yourself a pie!

APPLE SEASON & VARIETIES
Apple season begins in late August and lasts through mid November, with its peak hitting in October. Apples are always taste best and are also cheaper in the fall months.

HOW TO STORE
Store your apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Apples will quickly lose their crisp texture if stored out at room temperature in a fruit bowl. They keep very well in cold storage, which is why they’re available year round. 

AN APPLE A DAY
You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are not only delicious but chock full of nutrients. They’re a great source of soluble fiber, potassium, and low in calories, making them the perfect after school snack.

HOW TO CHOOSE
Pick apples that feel heavy for their size, are firm to the touch, and have some shine to them. Avoid apples with soft spots and bruises.

KNOWING WHAT WORKS BEST
The most commonly available types of apples sold in America are the McIntosh, Golden and Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala. However, there are hundreds of varieties of apples grown in orchards all over the states, available for picking, or at your local Farmer’s market.

Some apples, or combinations of, work better than others for certain recipes.

For instance, in Paula’s Apple Pie recipe, she uses a mixture of McIntosh and Granny Smith apples. This combination of a tart flavor and firm texture of the Granny Smith apples are a nice contrast to the softer but sweeter McIntosh apples. 

The combination of the two results in a sweet well textured pie. Follow this classic combination of tart and sweet apples for baking your pies and crisps.

SWEET: Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Jonagold, McIntosh.
TART: Granny Smith (excellent and always easy to find), Empire, Cortland. 

EATING OUT OF HAND
The best apples for eating out of hand are sweet juicy apples with a soft skin. These apples are not meant for baking on their own, as they are too soft and will cook down to mush, unless they are baked in combination with a firmer apple. Red Delicious and Macintosh are examples of good apples to eat out of hand.


ALL PURPOSE APPLES
Some apples work well for baking, eating out of hand, and for applesauce.

Gala apples, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Cortland, and Granny Smith are great all purpose apples that can be eaten out of hand, baked in a pie, or used to make apple sauce.

Our Best Apple Recipes
Red Cinnamon Apples
Crunch Top Apple Pie
Apple Tart
Apple Strudel
Apple Sauce Bread
Mom’s Apple Pie
Cousin Johnnie’s Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Your Oct 10th newsletter talks about a new apple pie recipe; however, when the link is clicked on, only pumpkin info comes up. Would really be interested in a new apple pie recipe. Thanks, Avid Paula fan, Lnda

By Linda on October 18, 2013

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Hi Cheryl, Here is the recipe you're looking for: http://www.pauladeen.com/blogs/blog_view/meet_bubbles/

By Jonathan Able on October 20, 2011

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where can i get bubbles recsepie for childrens or girls those cream cheese and orelo cookies couldm u send it to me love to have it

By cheryl wulliman on October 11, 2011

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Thanks so much for the apple info !!!

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By yvonne on October 10, 2011

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Dear Paula: I must say I absolutely LOVE your cooking show. You and your sons and other guests make everyone watching feel right at home. I always enjoy Paula joking with the folks and appreciate how much work goes into her tv show. I'm not a chef and not even a cook per se, but i DO enjoy collecting recipes for the ONE time I might decide to make one of them!! The recipes you make look sooooooo scrumptious and I look forward to trying several of them with my daughters very soon. I'm looking for a good "apple crisp" recipe. I've seen several and I know they're extremely easy to create however, I am not quite sure of all of the ingredients especially the apples. Please help Paula, I'll be ever so grateful smile Sincerely, Margaret B.

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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