All About Apples — Celebrate the First Day of Fall

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Cored and Baked Apples in a White Dish

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As of 5:05 a.m. this morning, we are officially in the season of fall and with that comes shorter days, cooler nights and, more deliciously, fall produce. During these next few months, we look forward to in-season goods such as butternut squash, pears, sweet potatoes and, of course, freshly picked apples. Whether you’re a fan of sweet Golden Delicious, tart Granny Smith or classic, crisp McIntosh, there’s an apple to please just about every taste and to fit into every recipe. Check out our favorite apple centric recipes below, and head to the orchard to get picking — or just stop by the produce aisle for — this season’s best eats.

With just a few minutes of prep time, Food Network Kitchens' Baked Apples With Fennel (pictured above) is a go-to side that is filled with flavor. Buttered, cored apples rest atop thick-cut onion rounds and bake alongside a sliced fennel bulb to create a sweet and savory dish that goes perfectly with Food Network Magazine’s Roast Pork Loin.’s recipe for Buttermilk Apple Cake features warm brown sugar and a splash of buttermilk for added moisture. Easily made with any kind of apple you have on hand, this classic cake is best sprinkled with a cinnamon-pecan topping.

For a traditional, multipurpose recipe that is practically singing with fall flavors, try Food 2’s easy Apple Butter. Fresh cinnamon sticks, orange juice, cloves and rum combine with pureed apples to form a smooth, fragrant mixture that is heavenly when spread on slices of apple cake, muffins, pancakes or whole-wheat toast. This recipe uses 10 pounds of apples and makes 4 cups of butter, but it can quickly be cut in half for easier cooking and storing.

Kelsey Nixon - Apple Crisp

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Kelsey Nixon’s simple Apple Crisp from Cooking Channel (pictured above) uses rolled oats, ground cinnamon and chopped nuts for extra crunch. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream, this quintessential apple dessert is the ultimate end to any fall meal.

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