Apple Picking Recipes…from Tree to Table

Today we’re going apple picking and sharing some great apple picking recipes…as we go from….

From Tree to Table

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

I have a thing for apple trees! Even the tables at our New England fall wedding were each named after apple trees. I’ve been known to tear up when reading The Giving Tree to our kids and our favorite family photos were taken among trees at a local orchard.  When we bought our house we discovered that the previous owners had planted their own giving trees in our yard, within picking distance of our back deck.

Each fall we’ve marveled at and celebrated our backyard bounty and have accumulated recipes that highlight each fruit.  This year we sadly say goodbye to our beloved apple, who lost a valiant fight during a heavy windstorm.  To commemorate our final harvest, I documented our little trees’ offerings & the recipes that highlight them best.  All of these recipes are incredibly easy and work beautifully with store bought fruit.

This recipe comes from Carolyne Roehm and is one of our fall favorites. (recipe below)

The moist cake is studded with apples & drizzled with a cider glaze.

You won’t even have to get your mixer out for this recipe and I guarantee you’ll be fighting over the last piece.

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

Apple Cake Doris
Makes one large bundt cake or 2 small loaves

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups (about 2 large) tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch dice

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Using 1 tablespoon oil, grease a tube pan or two mini loaf pans measuring 5 ¾ x 3 x 2 ½ inches.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside.  In a large bowl, blend sugar and remaining 1 cup of oil. Add eggs and milk and beat until well combined.  Add reserved dry ingredients to sugar mixture and stir until just blended.  Fold in apples.  Makes a very thick batter.  Press batter evenly into prepared pan(s) and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert pan, place serving plate on top and turn out cake.

Apple Cider Glaze
1 cup apple cider
¼ cup butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan, simmer apple cider over medium heat until reduced by half, about 10-15 minutes.
Add powdered sugar to cider and stir.  Remove pan from heat and whisk in melted butter. Cool slightly then pour over cake.

Ina Garten’s French apple tart can be assembled in minutes using frozen puff pastry (I’ve also used frozen pie crust) and the results are so rewarding.  So little effort for so much taste.  The steps are easy enough that my 5 year old mastered it.

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

We are treating our plum tree as a greengage plum, though we are not entirely sure that this is correct.

 

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

Regardless, this stovetop plum jam was delicious and requires no pectin as plums have it naturally. It pairs nicely with a slice of aged cheddar.

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

The perfect accompaniment to a homemade spread is some crusty artisan bread.  The hardest part of this no-knead recipe is remembering to mix the 4 ingredients the night before. Your house will smell divine and you can fool everyone with your baking skills. Don’t tell my family how easy this is…they pretty much think I’m a baking superstar whenever I make it!

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

Our pear tree has taught us a lesson in delayed gratification.  Apparently our pear variety needs to be in cold storage for about a month after harvesting.  After the month’s wait, they rest on our counter for up to a week to reach optimal ripeness.  Last year’s crop was delicious so we patiently await these babies to emerge from their month’s hibernation.  Once they are ready, a few will enjoy a starring role in Ina Garten’s Apple & Pear Crisp. Ina hasn’t failed me yet so I know the results will be worth the wait!

From tree to table...apple picking recipes and party ideas

Thanks for meeting me at the fence today & have fun savoring the season of Fall!

 
APPLE CAKE DORIS~Carolyne Roehm
Makes one large bundt cake or 2 small loaves1 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups (about 2 large) tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch dicePreheat oven to 350° F. Using 1 tablespoon oil, grease a tube pan or two mini loaf pans measuring 5 ¾ x 3 x 2 ½ inches.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside.
In a large bowl, blend sugar and remaining 1 cup of oil. Add eggs and milk and beat until well combined.
Add reserved dry ingredients to sugar mixture and stir until just blended. Fold in apples. Makes a very thick batter.
Press batter evenly into prepared pan(s) and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert pan, place serving plate on top and turn out cake.

APPLE CIDER GLAZE

1 cup apple cider
¼ cup butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan, simmer apple cider over medium heat until reduced by half, about 10-15 minutes.
Add powdered sugar to cider and stir. Remove pan from heat and whisk in melted butter. Cool slightly then pour over cake.

Be sure to visit more of Julie’s amazing parties like her:

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Super Science Party
Pioneer Birthday Party

 


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  1. That looks great. I love your new look. I can’t wait to talk to you about how you like WP. We are stuck in the house for the next few days riding out the storm. BTW you still showed up on my sidebar. I have to make sure you stay there, but I didn’t re-add you and it was still there this morning.
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  2. Hi Julie. My goodness this is a delicious post…everything from the photography, to the food and recipes is so appealing. I can’t wait to try to the no knead bread. Thank you for sharing.

    Sharon

  3. These apple and pear photos are stunning! I can’t wait to try the apple cake recipe from Carolyne Roehme!
    Heather and Vanessa, your new WordPress home looks beautiful! So happy for you and glad to hear the “move went so well! Yeah!!!
    Sherry
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  4. Everything looks so yummy that my mouth is watering! Thanks for the recipes.

  5. Wow that is a beautiful and yummy post! I love Ina Garten’s recipes – will have to try that apple tart. I am in a baking mood!! Happy Monday! :)
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  6. My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures. I love even just the smell of freshly picked apples! xo Diana
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  7. Julie, I want to come over right now!! Love this post and the recipes…and now wishing I had some fruit trees in my yard :) You are amazing!

  8. Betty Davies says:

    Would love to have the link to the recipe for the apple loaf with cider glaze. I went onto Carolyne Roehm’s website but could not find it. Thanks

  9. What a beautiful post…such wonderful recipes to make … I am definitely going to try the French Apple Tart recipe…looks great and sounds easy to make…I love easy!!….Gorgeous photography!!!….and congrats on the smooth transition to WordPress!!….

  10. Lovely post … beautiful photos. I too would like to have the link to the apple loaf recipe please. I did go into Carolyn’s site but was unable to find it.

    Thanks,
    Kathy

  11. Simply delicious post! What gorgeous yummy pics!

  12. Have been unsuccessful in viewing and printing the recipe for the apple cake – looks delicious.

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