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Autumn Means – Apples!

 By Katie Klann, Cantoro Pastry Chef

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Sweater and boot weather and the beautiful changing of the colors. 

While pumpkin is a flavor that dominates most of September and October, one of my favorite things to bake with are apples. 

Apples are so versatile and you have many varieties to choose from, each bringing a different flavor and texture to your creation. Apples compliment many other flavor profiles too, nuts, caramel, cinnamon, etc. The possibilities are endless! 

I am sharing the recipes for 3 of my favorite fall apple bakes! 

Your apple choice is up to you: 

-Red and Golden delicious tend to break down quicker and stay soft 

-Granny Smith and Pink Lady will bring a bit of tartness 

-Honey Crisp and Braeburn will stay crisp and hold their shape the best during baking 

-My favorite apple to bake with is the pink lady because you get the tart but also a bit of sweetness. 

Enjoy these recipes and fall’s colorful splendor! Pop into Cantoro bakery and see what autumn goodness we have (hint, we also love Pumpkin Spice season!)

Apple Cobbler: 

 Streusel topping 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup oats 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • 8 tablespoons butter 

Filling 

-Apples (5-6) chopped into smaller pieces 

-½ cup sugar 

-1/4 cup lemon juice 

-1 tablespoon cinnamon 

-1 tablespoon vanilla 

-pinch nutmeg 

-2 tablespoon cornstarch 

 To make your topping combine all your dry ingredients into a bowl. Cube your butter (should be at rooms temperature). 

Hand mix, leavings it pretty course 

On the stove, put your apples, sugar, spices, lemon juice, and cornstarch. 

Cook on medium heat just until apples soften and mixture starts to thicken. 

Apples have one of the highest levels of naturally occurring pectin (a natural thickener) so not much heat or cornstarch is necessary to get the desired consistency.  

Portion into an 8X8 pan or individually and top with as much streusel as desired. 

Bake 325* for 10-12 minutes to crisp up streusel 

 

Apple Almond Tart 

Shortbread Crust 

  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1 lb butter 
  • 4 cup flour 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla 

Filling 

5 oz almond paste 

-1/3 cup sugar 

-4 oz butter 

-2 eggs 

-1/4 teaspoon baking powder 

-2 tablespoon flour 

-1 tablespoon vanilla 

-1 tablespoon lemon juice 

For making the crust: 

Combine all ingredients in a mixer until smooth dough has forms 

Place in desired pan, pie pan or casserole dish 

Par Bake 325* for 10 minutes 

For filling: 

Cream together butter, almond paste, flour, baking powder and sugar 

Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. 

Scrape bowl and mix until smooth and combined.  

 

Smooth out filling onto your crust. Thinly slice apples and lay in a decorative pattern overtop filling 

Bake 325* for 12-16 minutes. Tart should rise and have golden brown look 

 

Apple Bread 

Ingredients 

-1 ½ cup all-purpose flour 

-1 teaspoon baking powder 

-pinch of salt 

-6 tablespoons butter 

-½ cup sugar 

-1 egg 

-1 egg yolk 

-1/2 cup milk 

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

– 1 tablespoon cinnamon 

-2-3 apples finely chopped 

 

Cream together butter and sugar 

Add eggs, egg yolks and vanilla 

Combine all dry together 

Add dry and milk in alternating additions 

Toss chopped apples in a bit of flour and add into your batter last, mixing enough until combined 

Bake 325* 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean in center or bread springs back in center when tapped.