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Too Many Apples? Try These Recipes

Updated on October 14, 2016
Apples growing on a tree
Apples growing on a tree | Source

It's a Good Year for Apples

The end of summer is approaching and this year looks like being a good year for apples for us, after a few lean years, so I've been looking for different recipes using apples to make sure they aren't wasted. I think there is only so much apple pie or apple crumble anyone can eat.

Some of these are methods to make the apples last longer and two of them use, or could use, previously prepared apple marmalade. There are many different ways of using apple marmalade but I have chosen just the two of them.

The same of course goes for dried apple rings but my own preference is to use them as nibbles or snacks when I can feel vaguely virtuous.

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Dried apple rings
Dried apple rings | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: Up to 20 hours

Serves: Any number


  • Fresh apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Dowels or cake racks


  1. Peel and core the apples through the centre.
  2. Cut them into half centimetre/quarter inch slices.
  3. Place slices in water with plenty of lemon juice, to help prevent them discolouring. Alternatively you could use salted water.
  4. Drain the rings and pat dry with paper towel.
  5. Thread the rings on to dowels or knitting needles, or spread them on the cake racks. Using something like knitting needles means you can fit far more rings in the oven to dry.
  6. Heat the oven to 150 degrees C.
  7. Leave in the oven for 10 to 20 hours. This has to be vague because apples vary in how much moisture they contain and it also depends on the thickness of the slices.
  8. When they are done they should still be slightly supple, like a raisin.
  9. They can be used as a snack as they are, or diced over a breakfast cereal.
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Apple Marmalade

Take two apples...
Take two apples... | Source
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 2 large cooking apples (500 g)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 25 g butter


  1. Peel, core and chop the apples.
  2. Place in a saucepan with the butter, sugar and water.
  3. Cook over a very gentle heat until the apple is tender.
  4. Simmer until there is very little juice left. It shouldn't be too runny.
  5. Either mash the apples or pass through a fine sieve, according to taste.
  6. At this stage it can be put into jars as you would jam, or used as a basis for spiced apple compote or Danish Peasant Girl in a Veil.

Old Fashioned Spiced Apple Compote

This recipe is a development of the Apple Marmalade recipe but I am giving ingredients and instructions from scratch.

Apples and spices
Apples and spices | Source
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6


  • 6 large apples or 1.5 kg
  • 1 lemon
  • 100 g raisins
  • 50 g butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rum or sherry
  • OR 2 tablespoons tea or orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • I vanilla pod
  • A thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger root


  1. Peel and core the apples.
  2. Cut into chunks.
  3. Wash, zest and juice the lemon
  4. Place the raisins in a bowl, sprinkle with rum (or sherry/tea/orange juice) and lemon juice
  5. Leave until the raisins absorb the liquid and plump up.
  6. Melt the butter in a pan and add the apple.
  7. Heat gently until simmering.
  8. Peel ginger and chop it finely.
  9. After 10 minutes of cooking the apples, add vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and the drained raisins. Reserve the liquid from the raisins.
  10. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
  11. Put reserved juice in a small saucepan with the sugar and chopped lemon zest.
  12. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, stirring often, for for about 15 minutes until the liquid forms a syrup.
  13. Pour into a bowl.
  14. After removing the vanilla and cinnamon from the cooked apples, add the syrup , stir with a fork, and crush the apple to whatever consistency you prefer.
  15. Serve warm.

*Tip: Do not put the compote in the refrigerator before serving, because the cold affects its flavor.

Danish Peasant Girl in a Veil

Fresh green apples
Fresh green apples | Source
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 1 portion of apple marmalade
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 25 g butter
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • Half teaspoon cinnamon
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 and a half tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • Glass serving dish or individual dishes.


  1. Melt the butter and add breadcrumbs and sugar.
  2. Stir continuously while cooking over a medium heat until golden brown.
  3. Add cinnamon and cook for a minute longer.
  4. Leave to cool.
  5. Whip the cream with icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice until thick.
  6. Layer the apple marmalade, breadcrumbs and cream in serving dish or individual dishes. It looks particularly attractive layered in a glass dish.
  7. Finish off with chopped nuts

An alternative way of serving it is to omit the cream from the layering and serve the dessert with pouring cream.

The recipes above I have given you are ones I have used over the years to do something a little different with any surplus apples. I'm sure you have your own standbys and I'd love to hear them, if so. Variety is the spice of life.

But there is one last idea, one I haven't yet tried. It looks truly spectacular and yet not so hard to do. It won't use up large quantities of apples but it does deserve a mention.

Something very special

How do you use apples?

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    • SheilaMilne profile image

      SheilaMilne 3 years ago from Kent, UK

      I love crisp apples too.. They are such an easy fruit to snack on.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      crisp apples are great for snack, I like to try that. Thanks

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens on a topic that can help a lot of people. Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive guide to cooking apples!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very nice lens that has some delicious recipes. I especially like dried apple rings as they are a nutritious and healthy snack anytime you are in the mood for a snack. Appreciate you sharing and writing this lens. Will have to try your recipes. Thank You & Have a Great Day!

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Dried apples are so good. What a great idea to make them myself. Applesauce is my typical thing, along with the traditional apple pie. But new ideas to try now.

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      Enda McLarnon 5 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      I am loving these ideas. I will certainly be trying at least one of these out for sure.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      I love apples and also blackberries so often mix the two fruits together in pies and cakes. I love the sound of that apple marmalade, yum :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      We grew apples growing up and made apple butter, apple fritters, apple cobbler, apple sauce, apple jelly, apple juice, apple cider...I got sick of them for a long time, but now I'm getting back into enjoying them again. Especially seasonal specials like cider, wassail or apple butter.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Apple crisp!

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Apple pie is my favorite!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like to make apple muffins with cinnamon on top. So yummy!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      How delightful - I love the idea of spiced apple compote. My father lives in the midst of apple orchards, and I love visiting him in the fall. Gorgeous!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      i love to take the core out and stuff them with raisins, sugar and cinnamon. I then bake them in the oven in a little fruit juice which goes all syrupy. Delicious and apart from the sugar very healthy.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      There is nothing more comforting than the sweet smell and delicious taste of a homemade apple pie. Angel Blessings**

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      I want to go and buy some apples and make these delicious recipes.

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Apple crisp...yum!

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      I just eat raw apples. My whole family thinks I'm crazy because they all love cooked apples. My husband likes to core an apple, fill it with brown sugar and cinnamon and bake it like that. He would love any one of your recipes for sure.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I make applesauce or applesauce cake. We have a lot of apple trees so these recipes will be fun to use this Fall....thanks for sharing!

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      Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

      I have a friend who uses dried apples in her turnovers. Makes them crunchy. I never tried it though. You do it and tell me how it goes! LOL

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I like to make apple bread and apple muffins and they can be frozen too! I also make apple sauce and apple butter. Cooking with apples is one of my favorite fall activities. Thanks for all the great ideas. Well done lens and good use of the recipe module.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I always have some apples at home but it spoil because no body wants to eat it unless someone peel the skin. I love the recipe here and I hope this will help to move all my apples away faster.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Apples are great and these are some great tips for using them.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Some great ideas. We buy apples by the bag and sometimes let some spoil, these ideas should help.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Applesauce! Your recipes sound wonderful. I like the tip about using knitting needles to hold more apple slices to dry. That sounds really good! Enjoy your harvest!