For some, autumn is all about Halloween, lots of rain, and pumpkin spice lattes. However, for me autumn is all about apples and especially the Dutch ones. If you live in Europe or the US, this is the season when apples are at their freshest. If you want to make use of their freshness and cheap prices, check out this guide on what types of apples there are and some Dutch recipes to use them in.
Apples for Baking
Pies, muffins, cupcakes, or other oven-made creations work best with apples that can hold their shape under high temperatures. These are usually referred to as tart apples, and include varieties such as: Cox, Elstar, Royal Gala, Goudreinette, Granny Smith, and Jonagold. If you're looking for a tangier bite in your pie, use Goudreinette or Granny Smith for their slightly sour taste. Use a mix of sweet and sour apples for a winning flavour in your baked goods.
The Dutch have quite the reputation for apple pie, so you could say we know a thing or two about baking with them. No one is really sure what makes apple pie Dutch, but the main differences is in the filling and the crust. Scroll down this page for the best Dutch apple pie recipe.
Apples for Applesauce
Unlike apples for baking, these don't need to keep their structure as much. You'll want to look for a softer variety to help reach a smooth consistency. Braeburn, Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold are some good choices. Mix any of these together to create a perfect sweet/sour balance.
Applesauce can also turn out great with not-so-fresh apples, which can help you reduce your food waste. Just cut out the pieces that are still good and use those. Also, while most recipes say to peel the skin off, it's nutritionally better to leave it on. In my opinion, it makes for an even better taste. Finally, we Dutchies love our spices, so don't be afraid to mix in a variety for an added kick to your 'sauce.
Apples for Eating
As a snack, you'll want an apple that is crisp and juicy. Look for Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Jazz, or McIntosch and toss one into your school bag. It might not be as flashy or 'super-foody' as some of those fancy, raw vegan nut bars, but an apple still makes for a nice healthy snack
Hopefully I've convinced you that there is more to autumn than just pumpkins. Although why limit yourself to just being an apple or a pumkin fan? Try combining them in this delicious recipe (I used Braeburn apples) for an ultimate autumn meal.