The Friday Five: All Things Apple

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is head out to Linvilla Orchards for all things apple—cider, cider donuts, pie and of course the fruit itself.

The only problem with bringing home an abundance of apples is that you have to find things to do with them before they rot. There are only so many apple pies that one can consume.

Luckily, apples are kind of like pumpkin, in that they work equally well in both sweet and savory dishes. Here are a few ideas that caught my eye recently:

1. Apple Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting (via Heather’s French Press): Heather, you had me at salted caramel.

2. Apple and Butternut Squash Soup (via U.S. Apple Association): This plus grilled cheese would be my ideal fall dinner

3. Pork Tenderloin and Apples (via Cooking Light): Anytime I come across a pork/apple combination, I can always hear Peter Brady saying “Pork chops and applesauce.” Anyone else? Update (10/29/12): Made this using pork chops and some of the apples we picked at Linvilla Orchards last week. It was the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

4. Apple Cider Donuts (via Feastie): Cider donuts are my favorite apple indulgence. These are a bit healthier because they are baked instead of fried and are extra adorable because they are made in mini muffin tins. Update (10/22/12): Made these for breakfast on a recent Saturday morning and loved them! They are just as flavorful and have the same surface crunch from the cinnamon sugar as the fried varieties. I got about 32 mini donuts out of the recipe and also whipped up a vanilla dipping sauce to go along side them.

5. Grilled Flatbread with Apple, Bacon and Onion (via Bon Appetit): You might want to jump on this one quickly, because there are conflicting reports about an impending bacon shortage. Better safe than sorry.

I’m still looking for a really good recipe for apple cake. I used this Martha Stewart one last year and it was just okay. So, let me know if there is one that you would recommend!

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