We have all waited for fall all year long: best season of the year, beautiful color, perfect weather, Halloween, pumpkins everywhere, even in your latte 😉 and, last but not least, the yearly fall trip to the apple orchard. We all love the experience of apple picking, but we might not know what to do with the apples when we get them home. You can only eat so many. I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite fall Italian apple recipes.
And, as every year, you have planned everything:
a) studied the weather forecast for the whole month of October;
b) picked the perfect day and time for taking the kids;
c) psychologically prepared your husband that is going to be fun (even for him 🙂 );
d) and last, you’ve sworn to yourself to not get distracted by the excitement of the day and buy too many apples! Who would have imagined or thought that such a small bag could contain twenty pounds of apples? And how could you have said no when the kids asked to pick their own apples in their own bags? Simply impossible!
Now you are thinking to yourself “What the heck am I going to do with all these apples“?
Ha, I got you! Sharing with family and friends is really a good idea but for once, why not keep the apple orchard experience lasting more than one day, maybe a whole month, by preparing (alone or with the help of your family members) a new Italian recipe a week which includes apples?
Today, I would like to share five traditional Italian fall apple recipes with you: easy, most of them fast, with simple ingredients and especially perfect to use up all those overflowing bags of apples!
If you like the combo “apples and raisins” you cannot miss this treat. It’s one of my favorites because almost any kind of apples can be used (but not the green ones please!). It’s very easy to make. The kids will enjoy the kneading part. Mom might want to to take care of the peeling and cutting, but in 60-75 minutes you’ll be done! Let it cool off for a few hours (or even refrigerate it) and enjoy. Wow! As an Italian, I may be biased, but I think Italian style is the best apple crumble ever.
This recipe has belonged to my Italian family for generations and I am so happy I can share it with you! The exciting part is that nowadays we can prepare the muffin’s batter in the food processor, and it bakes in only 20 minutes. You will never buy baked muffin mix ever again! Before starting, though, make sure to have some Golden Delicious at hand.This recipe is an easy enough one for baking with kids, and we have other tips for baking with kids elsewhere on the blog.
If you feel the urge to use 2 lbs. of apples in just one cake, this is the recipe you were looking for! Jonathan and Jonagold are the kind of apples that will give the cake the perfect touch. Super soft, not too sweet, absolutely appealing, this apple coffee cake won’t let you down. If you decide to side it by a warm custard and sprinkle it with sliced almond, it will be like heaven!
If you like the popular “strudel loaf”, a typical dessert in the South Tyrol,(and now you’re learning Italian geography too) and are looking for a recipe that will require a couple of pound of sweets apples (Gala, Jonathan, Golden Delicious), you can’t go wrong with this pastry pie. This recipe is another of my mom’s classics: a buttery dough filled with a mix of apples, raisins and pine-nuts. Peeling and cutting the apples, soaking the raisins in advance may sounds a little tiring but I promise, it’s not. I am totally sure it won’t disappoint you!
This fall apple recipe looks like a super sophisticated show stopping dessert, but is basically just steamed apples, served still hot with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a dust of cinnamon. It’s not too simple to appeal the children, and it’s absolutely phenomenal for adults! Trust me! Keep it as a secret recipe for a fancy dinner or for a warm treat on a fall rainy day. You’ll love it! Golden delicious would be my first choice for this recipe, but I would say that any kind of apples would do a nice job here 🙂
I would love to hear from you what you think when you give these traditional Italian fall apple recipes a try! If you are new to our area or have never before experienced visiting an apple orchard in the Quad City area, don’t miss out the list of the most popular Quad Cities Apple Orchards!
If you’re looking for more of a main dish for your autumn palate, we have fall Instant Pot recipes in a past post.
I’m Silvia. I am mother to four daughters, 9, 6, 4, and 16 months. I moved to Iowa from Italy in 2012, due to my husband’s job. In Italy, I was lawyer, but once here I became a stay at home mom. I’ve grown up watching my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother cooking for my family every day, searching carefully for ingredients and preparing fresh food. That was their way to show us how much they care about us, and to carry on a tradition.
When we moved here and I lost my job, all my background came up, and I realized that taking care of my family is the most satisfying job I could do, especially because it entails cooking healthy and good food! I started to practice what I learned when I was young, and surprised myself in making all those meals that characterized my youth. Since every new person we have met asked me if I was a good cook, and told me that they love Italian food, I decided to share my Italian cooking culture and recipes in a blog! I write about our daily menus- recipes made with simple and few ingredients and most of the time cheap and healthy because the food is not processed.
I also have a licensed home bakery, and could whip you up an Italian dessert if you don’t want to make one yourself!