Who here has already made an apple pie or two? Autumn is the perfect time to cook up all manner of seasonal comfort foods – and today (Apple Day) is no exception. Taking place annually, Apple Day falls on Thursday, October 21 in 2021 and it’ll give you every reason to head to the shops, grab some baking ingredients and make an apple crumble or pie.
If not, read on for some more apple recipes to try today or this weekend…
What is Apple Day?
The There is a Day for That website says ‘Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too.’ The day has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.
Why cook with apples?
Cooked apples are a great source of Vitamin C, says the Healthy Eating team. They also taste great and are in abundance all year round. This time of year also leaves us crying out for beautifully seasonal dishes – things like cinnamon spiced apple pie, sweet apple tea and even an apple Danish or two for breakfast – yum.
With that in mind, here are some apple-based recipes to try in honour of Apple Day this year.
Flat Apple and Vanilla Tart
A contemporary twist on a traditional apple pie, this Flat Flat apple & vanilla tart recipe will prove a welcome treat for the whole family. Ingredients include puff pastry, vanilla sugar, apricot conserve and apples, of course. It takes just 10 minutes to prepare and a mere 20 minutes or so to cook – not bad at all if you’re short of time but still want to whip up something tasty this weekend.
Apple and Cranberry Chutney
Apples are delicious, but when paired with cranberries they really come alive – a taste sensation, you could say! This apple and cranberry chutney is easy to make and is a great autumnal gift. The recipe makes use of cooking apples, eating apples, an onion, fresh root ginger, peppercorns, sugar, cider vinegar and cranberries. This is also a wonderful recipe to try ahead of Christmas; just add the chutney to jars and give them to people you love as a thoughtful stocking filler.
Classic Caramel Apples
If this recipe (via Delish.com) doesn’t get you into the autumnal spirit, we don’t know what will?!
“Caramel apples are one of Fall’s greatest pleasures.” says the US site’s team. “Not only are they easy to make, they’re also super fun to personalize. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and have an autumnal treat in no time!”
Get the full recipe via the link above and give making caramel apples a try this autumn. If caramel isn’t your thing, there are plenty of recipes online for chocolate-covered apples, or traditional golden syrup-smothered ones. Delicious!
Will you be giving any of these recipes a try this Apple Day? Let us know in the comments below.
Until next time…