I feel it's officially fall when I get that first familiar whiff that comes but once a year, when the dusty heaters are turned on for the first time since last winter. Tonight, the smell was in my car driving home. It was the first time in awhile that I got into my car feeling a crisp chill in the air that meant I needed to turn on the heaters. Ironically, today happens to be the autumnal equinox, so I guess it's only fair. Fall had to happen eventually.
I'm doing all sorts of recipe testing for the fall, and I felt like it was a good time to recap a few apple recipes from years gone by that are also a nice change from the usual apple pies and apple sauces. Don't get me wrong, I adore apple pie, and I crave apple-anything and apple-everything this time of year. However, sometimes, it's nice to try something a little different. Don't you agree?
Apple maple syrup served over spiced buttermilk pancakes, September 2012Apple maple syrup sounds so simple, but really it's quite special. The apple chunks almost candy as they cook with the sugar, becoming translucent in the syrup. This syrup is much thicker than plain maple syrup so it lusciously drapes over your morning pancakes instead of quickly soaking in and disappearing.
Beer & apple fritters, November 2012
I scooped them small so that these apple fritters would be like little munchkin apple donuts. The beer in the recipe helps lighten them and the cornmeal gives them a lovely crunch. They aren't too sweet on their own, which is nice because you want to dust them liberally with powdered sugar. Getting powdered sugar all down your front is half the fun, really.
Apple yogurt cake with the most amazing crunchy sugar top, November 2011This cake is literally full of apples, and it's also one of my most popular posts. In fact, this one was happily blogged about by others again, and again, and again. The recipe can be a little finicky in the first step, as many readers pointed out: getting the butter and sugar mixture to just the right consistency requires a lot of beating. Besides the excitement from the good amount of apples in this cake (making it a torte of sorts), I was floored by the crackle top of sugar. This was something new for me and, the look and the texture of that crackle top are quite incredible.
Got any more apple recipes that are a little different than the usual ones? I'd love to see/hear about them. Share your links and let me know about them in the comments below!