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What to do with Apples in Season

Updated on March 29, 2015

What can you do with all those apples?

Where I live apples are available all year round, depending on the variety and where they are grown.

My favourite is the Granny Smith, originally Australian, and first grown by Maria Anne Smith in Sydney in 1867. I especially love the crisp Granny Smiths from Tasmania our most southerly, and the coolest, state.

Yet somehow there's always a time when dozens of varieties of apples appear in the market, cheap and plentiful and I can run out of ideas on how to use them up. Here's a list of my apple recipes.

Slow Cook Apple Pie

A sweet dessert that's literally dropped in the pot.


  • 5 -6 apples
  • Packet golden cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Peel. core and slice the apples
  2. Make up the cake mix with eggs, butter and milk
  3. Drop the apples in your slow cooker and put the brown sugar over the top.
  4. Pour the cake mix over the top.
  5. Add cinnamon
  6. Cook on Low for 6 - 7 hours
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Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

A crumbly slab of Cheddar is a centuries-old accompaniment to a slice of apple pie; it imparts character in a way that a scoop of ice cream can’t hope to match. Adding grated cheese to the crust tweaks the tradition, thus bringing an iconic dessert full circle.

Apple Sauce

You can keep this apple sauce in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.


  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 and 1/2 Tblspoons caster sugar


  1. Peel, core and chop apples.
  2. Combine chopped apple, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons cold water in a saucepan
  3. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until apples soften.
  4. Stir in grated rind of the lemon and the sugar rind. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Transfer mixture to a food processor and puree to your desired consistency - from thick and chunky to super smooth.
  6. Serve warm or cold.

Dried Apple Stack Cakes

This lovely dessert is based on traditional stack-cake recipes. Small layers (baked in muffin tins) are sandwiched together with a jamlike apple filling to create individual desserts which are unlike any cake you've come across!

Apple and Date Cake

Apple and Date Cake Recipe

An apple and date cake that's soft, moist, dark and covered with a caramel and coconut topping

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 40

Serves: 6

Apple Steamed Pudding

  • 800 g can of pie apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 400 g pkt English tea cake mix
  • 80 g soft butter
  • 2/3 cups - 150ml milk
  • cream for serving


  1. Grease 6 x 1-cup ovenproof dishes. Divide the apples among them.
  2. Put the cake mix, eggs, butter and milk in a large bowl and beat on a low speed until well combined, then beat on a medium speed for 2 minutes
  3. .
  4. Pour the mixture evenly among the bowls of apple
  5. Place a steamer over a saucepan of water and bring to a simmer. . Carefully remove the steamer lid. Place the bowls in the steamer.
  6. Cover and steam for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with the cream

The Apples of Legend

Apples in Mythology from Tales from the Ancient World
Eve is reported to have bitten into an apple, or perhaps it was a quince. Hera gave some apples to her husband for a wedding gift, or maybe they were lemons....

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© 2011 Susanna Duffy

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      Lynne Schroeder 3 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I have a favourite Mulligatawny recipe that uses an apple. My son loves a traditional apple pie

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      SHorsburgh 6 years ago

      These recipes are marvellous. Thanks once again, Susanna.