In-Season Recipe Swap: Apples!

This week's In-Season Recipe Swap theme is apples! I love apples. They are so delicious to munch on fresh, and so easy to use in a variety of baked foods. I don't think I ever get tired of apples! :)

My mom's baked apples recipe

My Mom's Baked Apples is a fun alternative to making fresh applesauce, for an easy fruit side dish. :)

Today Yehoshua (5) and I made Apple Brownies. This is a favorite recipe from my childhood, and very easy to make!

Yehoshua helps mix up apple brownies...

We had a good time in the kitchen! :)

Apple brownies recipe

The finished Apple Brownies: Moist and sweet! :)

New year's apple challah recipe

I also made New Year's Apple Challah twice last week, in celebration of Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets), one of the Biblical festivals we observe. :)

To participate in this week's In-Season Recipe Swap:

Post your on-theme recipe, including your own photo of the food. Link to this post, and then come over here and let us know where to find YOU! Just leave your link in a comment and I will manually add them to this post throughout the day. :) Recipe theme for next week (Sept. 30) is cabbage.

1. Stevia-sweetened Applesauce (Shannon)
2. Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins (Quinn)
3. Apple Crisp (Amy)
4. Apple Slaw (Sara)
5. Mom's Apple Pie (and more!)
6. Nanna's Apple Pie (Jessica)
7. Apple Pie Muffins (gluten free) (Chaya)
8. Apple desserts (Lynn)
9. Favorite Apple Cake (Donna)
10. Jewish Apple Cake (Lauren)
11. Pressure Cooker Applesauce (Alea)
12. Libby's Apple Spice Cobbler (Libby)
13. Apple Cranberry Crisp


Hi Tammy,

My contribution is a recipe for stevia sweetened applesauce - easy and sugar free!

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-

I'm intrigued by the brownies- I'm going to have to give them a try!

Here's our favorite apple crisp recipe. Congrats on the new baby, too! :)

This is a fun salad using apples.

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for hosting and welcome back!!

I have a post all about apples...; featuring homemade apple pie and more than a dozen more apple recipes.



Hi Tammy,

Well, first of all my recipe isn't for cookies, cakes and breads which most people thing about when you say apple season. My recipe does have apples and apple cider in it and tasty so YUMMY!!! when the weather starts getting cooler. Second I don't have a picture. I hope this is okay.

THANKS!!! Geri

Here is a post I did this week about my favorite apple desserts.

This is a yummy cake recipe that a friend of the family passed on to us. I make it often!!

Oh my gosh Tammy!! Both of these recipes look really yummy!!! I can`t wait to try them!!! When I do I`ll let you know how they turned out!!!

Someone please help me!!! I recently had lapband surgery and have decided I really want to take better care of myself. Also am going on a cruise and want to boost my immune system, as the last 2 cruises, I got a URI towards the end of the cruise. Someone told me about Kefir, so I got some at the store. It was lowfat and strawberry/banana flavored. VERY GOOD! But, expensive, so I've gotten the freeze dried grains and want to make my own. I've read so much of what others have said, that it tasted HORRIBLE! I know if this happens to me, I won't try it again, so need to do it right, the first time! I plan to use skim milk. I'll also be adding protein powder to mine, but not my husbands. He's more picky than I, and will want his to be chocolate! Is following the instructions on the box, sufficient (heating to 180 degrees, cooling, then mixing the grains) or should I do it another way. Also, is it necessary to use a glass container, or will a tupperware container do? The person that sold it to me, said the grains can't be reused, but I've read they can, which is true?

Thank you in advance,

Ginger, it sounds like you have a "kefir starter" rather than actual live kefir grains, since kefir grains can be used basically forever, as they continue to grow.

I've not had any experience with the "starter" kefir, so I can't advise about using it. If you search "kefir" in the box on the side bar of this website, you can find all of my posts/info about making kefir, although it is about using kefir grains (not "starter"), but there are lots of comments on those posts and you can find more info there. :)

With using kefir grains, usually the first few batches don't taste very good, but you can toss the kefir from those and after 2-3 batches the flavor should be great (provided that you are culturing the same medium in consecutive batches; i.e. whole milk, raw milk, whatever you're using -- don't keep switching it up every time!). :)

Hope this helps!


Hi Tammy! I don't have a blog, but wanted to share my recipe for crockpot applesauce. It is a great way to use up tons of apples (I think 12 apples made 3-4 cups pureed). I use a variety of apples, sweet and tart! I also like being able to keep the blended sauce in the crockpot on warm ... it tastes so good warm and makes your home smell amazing! I do not peel my apples because I blend them later and do not like to waste; plus, it's extra fiber and nutrients.

I wash and core my apples (usually about 12). I dice them up (to be able to fill up the crockpot as much as possible) and put them in the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for a few hours or on low for a few more hours. Do not peek; they need their own moisture to result in a sweet sauce! You will know when they are done because they sink as they release their own liquid; on high, this typically takes 3 hours.

Once they are fully cooked, you can mash with a potato masher if you like a chunky sauce. I prefer a creamy sauce, especially because it hides the skins better from unsuspecting gentlemen. :) So I take the contents of the crockpot and blend them in my Vitamix (never fill a blender more than 1/2 full with hot liquids!). A stick/immersion blender would also work. Then I transfer the mixture back to the crockpot to keep on warm. At this point, you can add spices.

My favorite spice mixture is the chai spice mixture I got from Jess Thomson's Hogwash blog.
The proportions are:
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
I make a big batch in the beginning of the fall and then season to taste, about a 2 teaspoons for the 12 apples. :)

I like that my recipe contains no sugar or other sweeteners. It relies on concentrating the flavors in the crockpot as opposed to a pot, which would require water or juice (more sugar/expense/calories). It also does not burn or need active tending! Last, if you further reduced the applesauce by cooking on low, you would achieve an awesome Apple Butter!

Happy Autumn & Shana Tova!

Hi Tammy, Welcome back! I have been unusually busy tending a sick horse, so I am linking up late. Here is a post on how to make apple sauce in a pressure cooker:


I will be back to work on tomatoes tomorrow, so I appreciated your post on fresh salsa.

Hi Tammy! I found your site through Chaya of Comy Cooks. I hope it's not to late to partcipiate for this weeks theme? I'd like to share a recipe that I put together not to long ago that had apples in it :)

Libby's Apple Spice Cobbler.....

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