5 Essential Fall Recipes to Make After Apple Picking

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Apple picking is, without a doubt, my most favorite fall activity. While others wait all year to start tailgating again, I wait all year to get at least one apple-picking excursion on my calendar. Loading up baskets with fruit while I munch on cider donuts and sip warm cider just feels like the ultimate celebration of the season. This perfect fall day doesn’t end on the farm, however. When I get home, I love to cook up an apple-centric storm, starting with these five great recipes.

Instead of being jazzed up with cinnamon and spices, the apples really stand out all on their own in this simple German cake, which means it’s the perfect recipe for those extra-flavorful in-season apples.

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It’s may seem impossible to improve on classic apple crisp, but sautéing the fruit before baking ensures it will be perfectly tender once the oat topping is crisp and golden.

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Think of these cinnamon sugar-dusted apple dumplings as bite-sized versions of apple pie made extra easy, thanks to store-bought puff pastry.

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This stew makes for the ultimate dinner after a day of apple picking. A few big glugs of hard apple cider and a splash of apple cider vinegar amp up the flavor of the fresh fruit inside.

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If you went a little nuts at the orchard, homemade applesauce is the best way to use up apples, as the recipe calls for a few pounds of apples. Making it couldn’t be easier with the help of the slow cooker.

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