Searching for the best apple recipes – what to do with a bag of crab apples?

It’s Monday again! The weeks are flying by fast. Even the weekend seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Here we are at the end of September and there’s only a few months left for the year. Hard to believe isn’t it? Even though I’m still at home and not working – the days just sort of blend together and fly by.

I woke up at 6:55 am this morning on the dot but lazed around in bed until after 9:00 am. I finally got myself a cup of coffee, put on some clothes and went about my usual morning routine. I have a grocery delivery coming later today . So, at some point, I have to make myself look presentable and meet Wally downstairs. What would I do without friends like Wally?

Yesterday, my sister gave me a huge bag of crab apples. Her old apple tree provided many apples. Like six large bags worth and she gave us each a bag to take home. I’m not a fan of the tart taste of crab apples – but I decided to spend some time on youtube to find some apple recipes. I’m also going to pawn a few off on Wally to take home to the kids. He likes free stuff as much as I do. Who doesn’t?

I found some great and easy looking apple based recipes to try. I’m also going to make some zucchini cheese bread tonight as I will finally have some cheese. I stocked up on things like cream cheese, meats and even a pork roast – expect some more food pictures this week.

Apple Sauce

Apple sauces are easy to make and make the most sense if you have lots of crab apples. I think the sauce can even be frozen for a few months but I’d have to look that up. It’s a great little treat to have in the morning with toast or a scone. Or you can serve it as a topping for turkey on Thanksgiving day. I think you can even use apple sauces in a pie – but I may have to test that theory out for you.

Apple Crumble Muffins

Fall is my favorite time as you all know for baking. There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked muffins or loaves. I love having a homemade muffin with a bit of butter for breakfast too. These muffins look incredible and I might give this recipe a try. Baking can easily be frozen for later use. The key to a good apple crumble though is using cold butter. Butter makes all the difference.

Apple Crisp Bread

Alternatively, if you don’t like muffins there is this recipe from Laura Vitale for Apple Crisp Bread. These breads are great for breakfast or a healthy snack in between meals. Or top it off with a scoop of ice cream for desert.

Apple Pie

But of course, the most popular choice for apple recipes is the classic apple pie. This time of year I am missing my mum’s baking. She made the best pies. Not only would she make a large apple pie, but would bake FIVE pies – one for each of us kids – our favorite pies. Our dining table was lined up with apple, lemon meringue, banana cream and the family favorite – bumble berry pie. I think if our family was smaller she wouldn’t have made so many. But when you have an intimate dinner with twenty people (just immediate family) – you get in the habit of making a lot of food.

Our favorite thing to do with apple pie was to top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My mouth is watering as I type this.

So, this is going to be a busy week. I have a friend coming for dinner tomorrow and I have quite the feast planned. This is the first time we’ve seen each other since March when all hell broke loose. I’m excited to show off my “new” furniture from my dad’s house that we finished cleaning out last weekend. There’s still a bit more to do before we pass the house off to the new owners. But we all took home “pieces” of memories with us and my home is filled with memories of my mum and dad.

On that note – I should get my day started.

What are your favorite apple recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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