Apple desserts are always fall favorites, especially when you make them with freshly picked apples from farmers markets and farm stands. But even supermarket apples are at their best this time of year, and the prices are usually as low as they go. Here are five classic apple desserts to enjoy this season.
1) Apple Pies
Apple pie stands on top -- whether double-crusted or streusel-topped, deep dish or custard-style. It's America's dessert. But don't overlook other outstanding apple desserts: try apple dumplings, crisps, and strudel.
How to Make Dutch Apple Pie
Instead of a pie dough top, this tart Dutch apple pie features a cinnamon-sugar crumble.
2) Apple Dumplings and Turnovers
Apple dumplings are whole apples, peeled and cored, stuffed with a sweet mix of spices, raisins and nuts, folded into pastry, and baked until the apples are soft and the pastry is golden.
3) Apple Crisps, Crumbles, Cobblers, and Brown Betties
Homier than pies, crisps and crumbles are easy to make, perfect when you're in a hurry. The crunchy topping is simply a mixture of oats, flour, butter, and sugar.
Serve these warm, comforting desserts with vanilla ice cream. To dress up your crisps, assemble them in individual ramekins or custard cups instead of in one big pan.
4) Apple Strudel and Other Pastries
This classic Austrian dessert consists of spiced apples and nuts rolled into a log of crisp, fine pastry.
How to Make Baked Apple Roses
See how to make edible, incredible baked apple roses. This impressive, yet surprisingly simple dessert is made with frozen puff pastry, softened apple slices, and cinnamon sugar.
Get the recipe for Chef John's Baked Apple Roses.
5) Cakes and Cookies
And when you're done with the pies and pastries, there are still cakes and cookies to consider!