Autumn brings a lot of opportunities for cooking. Fresh apples and
pumpkins abound and the last of the summer vegetables are brought in
from the cold. The smells of soups and crockpots are filling
kitchens as well as fresh baking. Here are some of our favorite
autumn, or fall recipes, to create with your children this season.
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Apple Pie Doughnuts
2/3 Cup milk
1 1/4 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 large apples
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1/4 Cup water
1-1/2 Cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, milk, flour, maple syrup,
cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Blend until no lumps.
In a small bowl, blend together 1/4 Cup lemon juice and 1/4 Cup
water. Core apples and cut into rings. (If you have an apple corer
slicer this might be good method to use.) Place apple rings into
lemon juice and water.
Add oil into pan and allow to heat several minutes. Dip each apple
ring into prepared batter. Place into hot oil. Turn when sides turn
golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
In mixing bowl blend all ingredients together. Heat griddle or
frying pan. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on the hot surface and when
bubbles begin to appear flip to other side. Cook until golden brown.
These are great served with pumpkin syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon
and sugar or powdered sugar.
There are two kitchen appliances I recommend for making leather. If
you are making apple leather you may want an apple corer slicer if you have
a lot of apples to prepare. The other kitchen appliance is a food dehydrator. I know you can
make leather in other ways but I recommend for safety and ease a
food dehydrator. ( you can also make dried fruit or jerky in it as
well as fruit leather)
First we made applesauce with the apples by coring and slicing the
apples and placing them in the crockpot. I sprinkled lemon juice
over them every few layers. Fill your crockpot and cook on
high 6-8 hours.
There are faster ways of making applesauce by cooking in a pot on
the stove. Just make sure you stir your pot often if using the
stove. I like to use the crockpot because I just prepped it in the
morning and had a busy day doing other projects.
Once your applesauce is cooked and mashed or puree in a blender.
Pour onto the food dryer sheets and let dry 6-8 hours.
Peel off and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze or store in a plastic
The kids loved it and I'm already planning on making another batch
1 Cup fresh cherries, berries or cranberries, pitted
3/4 Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup butter
Peel, core and cut apples in small chunks. Add to mixing bowl. Stir
in fresh cherries. Add sugar and corn starch. Blend together. Spray
a baking dish with cooking spray and place apple mixture inside
dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar
and cinnamon. Cut in butter and blend until mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle over the top of apple cherry mixture. Bake for 40 minutes
until golden brown.
Chocolate frosting or melted chocolate
Dip top of doughnut holes into chocolate and roll in chocolate
sprinkles. Insert a small piece of pretzel stick to the top.
Whether you are dipping the whole apple in caramel or just a few
slices, this is the recipe to try: Caramel