One of our favourite things about fall? Apples, apples and more apples — and it’s when this (seemingly) year-round fruit is at its peak; crisp, sweet, tart and downright delicious. Sure, they’re great for pies and tarts, but this fall bounty works wonders in savoury dishes too. Here are some of the best ways to get into the rhythm of apple season.
Croissant French Toast with Soft Caramel Apples
A breakfast version of apple pie, this decadent brunch dish will be an instant hit with the whole family.
Get Tyler Florence’s recipe for Croissant French Toast with Soft Caramel Apples
Penne with Sautéed Chicken, Apples and Cranberries
Tangy and sweet apples and cranberries add punch to this chicken and pasta dish.
Easy Apple Fritter Doughnuts
Like apples? Like doughnuts? Then you’ll love these easy apple fritters, covered in icing sugar.
Caramel Apple Jalousie
This French dessert is a strudel-style dessert made using puff pastry.
Apple Crunch Coffee Cake
A sweet and fruity delight, this indulgent coffee cake is a snap to make.
Baked Apples with Cider Butter Sauce
Baked apples are the kind of simple cold-weather dessert that never goes out of style, especially when served with some lovely vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream.
Chicken Salad with Apples and Grapes
This low-fat salad is chock-full of nutritious ingredients including grilled chicken, apple, grapes, watercress, romaine and crunchy almonds.
Apple Poke Cake
This made-from-scratch apple poke starts when a luscious sour cream-based coffee cake is injected with a rich maple-caramel sauce. The whole thing gets topped off with a light and fluffy maple whip cream, ensuring every bite is moist and delicious.
Warm Apple & Hazelnut Crêpes
A cold weather version of Crêpes Suzette, this warm apple and nut-filled dish makes a great holiday brunch centrepiece.
Caramel Apple Pie
This apple pie, topped with caramel sauce and a toasted nutty crumb topping, will be the star of your dessert table.
Fried Apple Hand Pies
This dessert finger food can be made days or weeks in advance of your dinner party or holiday celebration — just fry them up after the big meal and you’re good to go.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
The trick to this unforgettable butternut squash soup is the simple addition of a tart green apple to balance the sweetness of the squash.
Apple Crisp and Bourbon-Cream Trifle
While not a typical trifle, this decadent dessert is made by layering chilled apple crisp, bourbon-spiked pastry cream and toasted pecans.
Get Anna Olson’s recipe for Apple Crisp and Bourbon-Cream Trifle
Apple Pecan Muffins
Gorgeous cheesy apple and pecan muffins, for breakfast, brunch or even as a snack.
Chicken Waldorf Salad
So easy to make, this Waldorf salad makes use of cooked diced chicken, apples, raisins and toasted walnuts.
Whole Grain Apple Pie
The pastry is so easy to stir together that you can also make a crumble topping with the same ingredients.
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
Old-fashioned apple crisp, warm and bubbly from the oven, is an all-time favourite comfort food dessert.
Apple & Swiss Pizza
Simple, tasty ingredients make this 20-minute vegetarian pizza yummy and satisfying.
Crepes with Sauteed Apple Slices
Warm, sugary sauteed apples are the perfect filling for light, airy crepes.
Grilled Rib Steaks with Apple-Ginger Chutney
Pork rib steaks seasoned with chile powder and grilled to perfection, served with a side of homemade apple-ginger chutney.
Pork Tenderloin with Cheddar Apple Risotto
Extra Old Cheddar makes this Pork Tenderloin recipe unmatchable in taste, with a tasty risotto compliment.
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Instead of cooking apples on their own, add some apple pie spice along with some brown sugar for a delicious, apple pie-esque topping for your morning oatmeal.
Glazed Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
This sweet, moist apple coffee cake boasts a layer of crunchy streusel and a sugary glaze, laced with thin slices of juicy apples.
Get the recipe for Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
"Blue Ribbon" Apple Pie
The ultimate sweet tooth-satisfying comfort food, Anna’s no-fail apple pie recipe is sure to please.
Kale-Apple Salad with Bacon and Candied Pecans
A healthy salad full of contrasting textures, colours and flavours.
If you’re whipping up a batch of these with your kids, make sure to let the apples cool for a bit after they’ve been dunked in the hot caramel. Then, let the little ones dip in whatever toppings they like.
Apple Tarte Tatin
When flipped, this classic French apple tart reveals gorgeously glossy caramelized apples sitting atop perfectly golden puff pastry.
Pork Chops with Caramelized Apple Cream Sauce
You can also try this recipe with medallions of pork tenderloin – either way it’s a hit!
Bacon Apple Cheddar Loaf
Combining classic Canadian ingredients, sweet, tart apples, savoury cheese, and smoky bacon, this comforting pull-apart bread is as fun to make as it is to eat.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples
Let the sweet smell of these fluffy, fruity pancakes be your alarm clock on weekends.
Make-Ahead Deep Dish Apple Pie
This warm and tender apple pie is so good, no one will know that you did all your holiday baking weeks before your big event. The secret ingredient in this freezer-friendly dessert is vodka, which makes for an extra flaky crust.
Caramel Apple Sundae
Featuring tart Granny Smith apples stewed in a sweet caramel sauce, this easy-to-make sundae can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. Want more quick recipes? Check out these 15-minute dinners.
Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
Quinoa is back at it again with its trademark versatility. Heart-healthy walnuts, olive oil, fibre-packed crunchy apples and smoky eggplant make this pantry staple sing. This recipe has everything you need for a complete meal, including the flavour.
Spiced Apple Cheesecake
A classic graham cracker crust is topped with creamy apple-infused cheesecake and topped with sweet caramelized apples.