Whether you’re picking them up by the armload at the supermarket or trekking out to the fields to pick some of your very own, there is no better time to be eating crunchy, juicy apples. At the peak of their season, these crisp beauties can be taken as they are, or cooked into any number of spiced, fit-for-fall preparations. Get the most out of apple season with these quick and easy recipes, which require little hardcore prep and can be on the table in under an hour.
Enjoying your apple loot in pastry form might sound like a big deal, but Ree Drummond’s Quick and Easy Apple Tart is a total cinch to make. Thanks to sheets of puff pastry and store-bought caramel sauce, this flaky treat takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
You could go through the labor of making apple crisp in a casserole dish from scratch, but when you need your apple fix fast, that just won’t do. Instead, go for this Baked Apple with Crisp Topping (pictured above), which uses the apple itself as the foundation of this spiced, sweet dish. Quick to prep and taking under an hour to bake, this cinnamon-spiked treat comes with a crispy oat topping built right in.
Apples are delicious at their core, so you don’t need to do much to pull out their innate sweetness. These easy Baked Apples with Brown Sugar taste just like apple pie minus the fuss, plus they’re ready for eating in under a half hour. See how to bake apples, step by step, here.
Turn once again to store-bought puff pastry from your freezer aisle to make Ina Garten’s Apple Turnovers. Filled with tart apples, dried cherries and loads of spices, these flaky fall treats look like they took all day, but only you will know they took just 40 minutes.
Baking fresh apples into muffins is a no-brainer, for both breakfast and dessert. Ellie Krieger’s healthy Apple Muffins are an easy and wholesome way to go, with applesauce and buttermilk baked right in. They’re ready in just one hour.
Check out more apple recipes from our friends:
The Lemon Bowl: Sparkling Apple Cider Punch
Creative Culinary: Boozy Apple Crisp
Homemade Delish: Apple Chips
Healthy Eats: 6 Healthy Treats to Make After Apple Picking
Daisy at Home: Fall Farmer’s Market Salad
Virtually Homemade: Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Apple Bars
Napa Farmhouse 1885: “Grownup” Caramel Apples
Red or Green: Caramel Apple Spiced Shortcakes
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Whole Grain Oat & Millet Pancakes with Shaved Apples
Domesticate Me: Roast Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
Taste with the Eyes: Classic Apple Tarte Tatin with Cognac and Crème Fraîche