National Apple Month is more like a season, as it starts in September and continues through November. It’s come a long way since 1904 when it was founded as National Apple Week, then was expanded to a three-month promotion of the U.S. Apple Association in 1996. Who knew?
Luckily, there is no shortage of apple (and apple-caramel) recipes in fall food and cooking magazine issues. But if you want a sneak peek at some of the apple-licious ideas that await, here’s six ways to get your apple a day for the month, er season.
1. An Apple a Day: Food Network Magazine‘s October 2010 issue included some apple recipes, but even better was its monthly calendar checklist sharing 31 different ways to get in that all important piece of fruit per day. Apple chips, apple slaw, apple mojitos, apple s’mores and applesauce were among the suggestions.
2. Apple Cider Doughnuts: Look no further than Taste of the South magazine‘s October/November 2010 issue for a deep-fried apple taste. These doughnuts get their flavor from boiled apple cider and a five-spice sugar of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns popular in Chinese cooking, then are dredged in more of the sugary spice and an apple cider glaze.
3. Apple and Cranberry Pandowdy: For something a little different, Everyday Food magazine’s October 2010 issue gives apples a little twist of Martha. This baked pastry treat combines two types of apples, one that remains firm through cooking and another that breaks down into a sauce, along with cranberry–another taste of fall.
4. Caramel Apple Cupcakes: Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine‘s reinterpreted fall taste comes together as a cupcake in its October 2010 issue. Peeled and shredded apples give the cake batter its fruity taste, while melted caramel dresses it up with a creamy glaze.
5. Apple Fritters With Bourbon Ice Cream: Apples get spicy in Bon Appétit magazine‘s October 2010 issue with cinnamon and nutmeg. Warm fritters get another dusting of cinnamon and sugar, then are served with scoops of homemade Bourbon Ice Cream.
6. Best-Ever Apple Cake: Southern Living magazine outdid themselves (and the rest of the competition) with this October 2010 recipe. As if the Fresh Apple Cake With Browned-Butter Frosting weren’t delicious-sounding enough. How about dark chocolate or cream cheese frosting? Or maybe Caramel-Apple Cobbler Cake or Apple Streusel Coffee Cake using the same batter? Just take your pick!