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Apple Season

by gardengirl

Fuji Apples

In anticipation of the apple harvest - here are some recipes!

Labor Day is around the corner and my kids go back to school Monday. The change of seasons is in the air in the morning and evening. It’s also time for a seasonal shift in food. Although with our modern modes of global transport, it’s can be hard to determine what fruits and vegetables are in season in the grocery store. Apples are ever present all year long. However, in the States, we are coming into our apple season. In anticipation of the bounty of local produce, here are some great recipes!



One of our family favorites is what my local Junior League cookbooks calls a German Pancake. Fast enough for a weekday breakfast or fancey enough for a brunch, t’s really a large popover. I tend to make the fruit topping with lightly sautéed fuji apples because they are the best local apples I can get. However, feel free to substitute your local favorite.


German Pancake – serves 2-4

1 T butter 

½ C flour (can be made gluten free using rice flour)

4 eggs

½ t salt

½ C Milk


Preheat over to 550 degrees. Put 1 T butter in cast iron pan and place in oven until butter is melted. Whisk flour and eggs and salt until smooth. Whisk in ½ C milk.  Pour flour mixture into pan with melted butter and bake for about 4 minutes (as edges begin to rise to top of pan). Turn down heat to 500 degrees and bake for 2-3 more minutes until the center is done and puffy. Lift puffed pancake from pan and fill with fruit topping.


Apple topping

Slice 3 apples and sauté slices in 1 T of butter and 1/3 C brown sugar and ½ t cinnamon. (Sugar and cinnamon can be added to taste). Saute until apples ares soft.  If desired mix with ¼ c of sour cream and pour into German pancake.


I am not the only one looking forward to apple season. The September issue of Southern Living Magazine is full of caramel apple recipes – including this one for Carmel Apple Dip.


Southern Loving Caramel Apple Dip – Serves 4

1 8 oz package Cream Cheese

1/3 C  firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 T granulated sugar


Stir together first 3 ingredients and put in a 10 oz ramekin. Cover and chill for 2-8 hours. Preheat broiler with rack 5 inches from heat. Sprinkle sugar on top of cream cheese mixture. Fill 8 inch cake pan with ice and put ramekin in pan.  Broil 3-5 minutes until sugar is melted. Cool 5 minutes and serve with apple slices.


Enjoy this season’s apple harvest!


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