Enjoy apple deliciousness all during the fall with these wonderful apple desserts!
Favorite Apple Dessert Recipes
When fall arrives, I’m in the minority of people who skip past all the pumpkin in favor of other fall flavors. Like apples! In fact, I go a little apple crazy this time of year with as many apple treats as I can possibly make.
If you’re a big fan of apples, too, then I think you’re going to love this collection of apple dessert recipes. With classics like Apple Crisp to a simple Apple Clafoutis and a whole lot in between, you’ll surely find a new favorite (or a few!) for your fall baking adventures.
I hope these recipes will whet your appetite for all things apple! You can find even more apple recipes in the Recipe Index.
First, let’s talk a bit about some basics of baking with apples. (Or if you’re ready to get baking, you can skip down to the recipes.)
The Best Apples for Baking
There are a lot of different types of apples. And they’re not all good for baking. For most baking recipes, you want apples that will hold up through the baking process and not turn to mush.
Soft, delicate apples that you enjoy eating out of hand aren’t likely good candidates for baking. Look for firm, crisp, flavorful apples for the best results in your apple desserts. Some good candidates are Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala. You can even use a combination of apples if you like.
If you’d like to read more about choosing apples for baking, see my Best Apples for Baking tips!
How to Store Apples
Apples will keep longest in a cool place. The crisper drawer of your refrigerator is a good choice, although you may want to add a damp towel on top of them to provide some humidity to keep them fresh.
If you’ve ever used the trick of ripening bananas by placing an apple with them in a bag, then you know that the ethylene gas apples release can expedite the ripening of some fruits. For that reason, it’s a good idea to keep them away from bananas, peaches, and other fruits that continue ripening after they’re picked.
Also, it’s important to keep an eye on your apples as they’re being stored to watch for any that begin to spoil. The adage “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” is actually true!
How to Prepare Apples for Baking
If you need to peel your apples first, that’s easily done with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. In many cases, peeling isn’t necessary, as the peels will soften during baking.
To slice or chop the apples, use a sharp knife to cut along the core to make four sections and leave the core. From there, you can slice, chop, or however else you need to prepare the apples.