Fall is a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, colourful leaves, chestnuts, and of course apples.
With this gorgeous time of year, apples can be one of the most fun and exciting ways to get you and the familiga in the autumn spirit. If you and your family plan on apple picking this fall, our recipes below are a great place to start. Get some wonderful and tasty ideas to get the most of your apples this season.
Apple Themes Recipes
It’s hard to say no to a classic ham and cheese sandwich, but this recipe has a delicious added twist and is the perfect fall-inspired lunch with an added crunch. All that you need are the following ingredients – apple can be freshly picked from the tree or store bought; it’s really up to you.
200 gm of naturally smoked ham
100 gm of Swiss cheese – slice
Two green apples - thinly sliced
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Using a flat surface or a plate. Place ham, cheese and apple slices on one side of each D’Italiano® Brizzolio Soft Roll and slather the other side with ½ tablespoon of Dijon mustard that’s it.
Feeling a little more inspired and want to take this sandwich up a notch? Place your assembled sandwich in a frying pan and lightly grill on both sides until golden brown. Warmed or not, this sandwich is a crowd pleaser through the warm or cooler days of fall.
Apple cinnamon French toast
If your family went apple picking and has an abundance of apples in the house, this may be the perfect recipe to include as part of breakfast.
Two apples (of your choice)
½ cup of milk
1 tsp. of Vanilla extract
2 tbsp. of cinnamon
2 tbsp. of butter (more for serving)
Maple syrup (for serving)
Start by chopping your apples into small ½-inch cubes and place them in a medium frying pan with 1 tbsp. of butter or margarine, 1 tbsp. of Cinnamon and a few tbsps. of water to ensure apples cook until slightly softened. At the same time, the apples are sautéing in a medium to large bowl, put in milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon and whisk together. Place one piece of your preferred D’Italiano® bread into the egg mixture and allow the bread to soak on both sides. Heat a large to medium frying pan with a bit of butter on medium to high heat. Place soaked bread in the frying pan, cook for 2-3 minutes until brown and golden and then flip. Place two pieces of warm French toast on a plate, top with your sauté apples on pour maple syrup before serving. Enjoy!
For other French Toast options, check out our French Toast with Mascarpone Maple Cream Recipe
PACH- Peanut butter, Apple, Cinnamon and Honey
In a pinch to get breakfast, lunch, or a snack together? Then this is the perfect quick and easy recipe to try. Especially if you are looking or something other than a classic PB&J.
1 Granny Smith or Honey Crisp Apple
½ tsp. of cinnamon
On a flat surface or cutting board, slice apple thinly. Place your favourite D’Italiano® bread on a plate and spread with peanut butter. Lay your apple on top of your peanut butter, lightly sprinkle with cinnamon, drizzle with honey, slice in half, and enjoy. Yes, a sandwich can really by that easy!
COA- Cheddar cheese, apple and sweet onion sandwich
If you are looking for something a little different and are a fan of a sweet and salty combo, this is a must-try quick recipe. All you need are the following ingredients;
Sharp cheddar cheese
1 Honey crisp apple or granny smith
¼ of a sweet onion
1 tbsp. Of Dijon mustard or Mayonnaise
To mix this one up, or if you are looking for something with a bit more, feel free to add you own deli meat options or other vegetables and fruit to really customize this simple yet tasty fall creation.
Apple sauce bread pudding (a spin on our Cranberry Bread Pudding)
What is fall without homemade apple sauce, or let’s be honest, anything homemade that includes apples? If you have a bag of apples waiting to be used from your family apple picking event, this is the perfect recipe to help you make the most out of your hard-earned haul. If you are up for the challenge, start by making your homemade apple sauce. All you need are the following ingredients.
6 cups of apples – peeled, cored and chopped
¾ of water
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
½ white sugar (optional)
Place a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Combine apples, water, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in sugar and simmer for 5 minutes or more. You can always add fruits to your apple sauce as well if you are looking for variety.
Once your applesauce is done, cooled and set aside, you can begin making this Nonna-approved apple sauce bread pudding.
4 cups of bread of your favourite, D’Italiano® bread, cubed
2 cups of milk
1 tbsp. of butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup of raisins (optional)
2 egg whites
2/3 cup of applesauce
1/3 cup of maple syrup
¾ cup of brown sugar
Using a cutting board or a flat surface, cut bread into 1-2 inches. Place half of the cubed bread on the bottom of a large glass baking dish. In a saucepan, warm the milk and butter together. Do not let the milk boil. Once the butter is melted, remove from heat and add the brown sugar. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until everything is thoroughly mixed and frothy. Whisk the egg mixture into the milk mixture. Pour the wet ingredients over the first layer of bread cubes allowing the mixture to soak into the bread. Spread the applesauce evenly over the soaked bread and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins (or nuts). Add the remaining bread cubes, applesauce and the remaining liquid. Sprinkle more cinnamon and raisin on the top, along with a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until the center is set and the top is crispy and golden brown.