Homemade apple everything: here are some seasonal apple recipes you just have to try

Autumn means just one thing: apples. Most varieties are at their best between now and the end of October and don’t be put off by freckled, thicker or matt-looking skin; 'wild' apples will look different to shop-bought ones, but they're just as tasty.

 

Cooking apples, or cookers, tend to be bigger than eating apples (eaters) but if you're not sure, one small bite is all it takes to find out – cooking apples will taste very sour and sharp.

 

Once picked, wild apples are best stored in the fridge rather than the fruit bowl to keep them fresher for longer and when you’re ready to use just give them a good scrub and rinse. Here in Blighty, the varieties you're most likely to pick are Egremont Russet (sweet and nutty), Elstar (juicy and honeyed) and Spartan (more on the tart side).

 

Eaters are dazzling in desserts when paired with caramel and cinnamon but don’t forget savoury dishes, too: a sharp apple sauce to cut through the richness of pork belly, apple chunks to add texture and flavour to boiled red cabbage and finely sliced caramelised apples and onions to elevate bangers and mash.

 

Whet your appetite with these applelicious recipes and happy cooking!

 

Roasted squash and apple salad with goats' cheese

We want this for lunch. Please?

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Roasted squash and apple salad with goats' cheese

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Apple brioche pudding

Soft layers of buttery brioche and fluffy baked apples laced with calvados (French apple brandy). Bread and butter pudding just got upgraded to business class.

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Apple brioche pudding

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Apple, maple and cinnamon muffins

Pop in the kids' lunchbox, grab and go in the morning rush or take on a romantic autumn walk. Yum.

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Apple, maple and cinnamon muffins

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Upside-down blackberry and apple crumble

Not that there's anything wrong with apple crumble and custard (we love!) but this might just flip your culinary world around.

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Upside-down blackberry and apple crumble

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Apple brandy cocktail

If there was ever any doubt that staying in is the new going out, those days are gone.

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Celeriac and bramley apple soup

With a hunk of buttered sourdough bread. Heaven.

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Celeriac and bramley apple soup

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Cinnamon pancakes with apple and blackberries

What's better than pancakes? Apple stuffed pancakes, that's what.

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Cinnamon pancakes with apple and blackberries

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Pork and apple sausage rolls

Picnic season may be over but that doesn't mean we have to live without picnic food now, does it?

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Pork & apple sausage rolls

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Apple spice quinoa granola

Because it's autumn and you need a proper breakfast. Scrap that – because this is so delicious eating seconds might make you late for work.

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Spiced apple butter

Spread on toast (lush), drizzle over ice cream (naughty) and bake into banana bread (Paul Hollywood eat your heart out).

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Apple, prune and ginger pickle

Nothing to get in a pickle over; this recipe is remarkably easy. 

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Apple, prune & ginger pickle

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Spiced apple thins

Autumn's answer to a packet of crisps.

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Spiced apple thins

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Apple cheddar quiche with ham and sage

One slice of this gooey, cheesy, savoury apple tart and we promise you'll fall in love.

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Brown sugar cinnamon apple skillet cake

A one pan wonder (just make sure you use a pan that can go in the oven).

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