Saturday, September 26, 2009

Apple Recipes for Johnny Appleseed Day

The Story of Johnny Appleseed begins with John Chapman and the legends of his life passed down from generation to generation. We do know for sure that John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was not a myth. He indeed created apple orchards more than 200 years ago and some of those trees still bear apples today. Traveling by canoe or on foot, he gave apple seeds from cider mills to any farmer who promised to plant them. At his death in 1847, he had established apple trees over 100,000 square miles of territory.

Today, on the day of his birth, I would like to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with a selection of apple recipes harvested for the occassion. I have also included links to an assortment of apple varieties. If you're like me, I often get confused as to which apples are best for what:) (Clicking the numbers will take you to the featured recipe.)

Apple Recipes & Varieties
1. Apple (or Pear) Bacon Crisp (Jonagold)
2. How to Prepare Dried Apples for Use in Apple Pie Filling and Sauces (Cameo)
3. Grapefruit Salad with Apples (Red Rome)
4. Curried Pumpkin and Apple Soup (Ida Red)
5. Maple Apple Butter (Macoun)
6. Upside Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries & Pecans (Granny Smith)
7. Smoked Pork Chops with Maple Baked Apples (Gala)
8. Gooey Apple Bread or Apple Zucchini Bread with Almond Streusel (Braeburn)
9. German Apple Cake (Fuji)
10. Classic Apple Pie (Cortland)
11. Apple Cake in an Iron Skillet (Paulared)
12. Apple Slab Pie (Golden Delicious)

The official state apple of New York, the Empire Apple celebrated its 43rd birthday on September 15th. Developed at Cornell's Experimental Station by pomologist Roger D. Way, who introduced it to the public on September 15, 1966, the Empire Apple is the key ingredient in the official New York State Apple Muffin created by elementary school children in North Syracuse, New York.

Ginger Apple Crisp
3 lbs. baking apples, peeled quartered, cored, and sliced
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/3 cup (3 oz.) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (3 oz.) chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup (5 oz.) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (3-1/2 oz.) firmly packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
6 tbs. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into pieces
1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped walnuts
Preheat oven 400 degrees:
Place apple slices in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. In another bowl, stir together the cornstarch, granulated sugar, gound ginger, nutmeg, and crystallized ginger. Add to the apples and toss to coat evenly. Transfer to a 1-1/2 or 2 quart pie dish, heaping the apples up in the center.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Drop in the butter and, using your fingertips, blend together until crumbly. Add the walnuts and toss and stir to combine. Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

Bake until the top is browned and apples are tender, 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature. Celebrating the Pleasures of Cooking by Chuck Williams (1997)

1. The Story of Johnny Appleseed: Legend vs. Fact
2. Apple Juice Recipes: Drink to Your Health!
3. Preparing Apples for Freezing & Canning
4. National Apple Museum
5. National Apple Month previous post
State Recipes
Thank you to the New York Apple Association for the use of their variety of apple images and recipes.
1. Apple Recipes from Wisconsin
2. Washington State Apple Recipes
3. Virginia Apple Tasty Recipes


  1. The apple recipes & varieties chart is very useful, thanks for sharing it, Louise :)

  2. I like Macoun for fresh eating. I always add a granny smith or two to a pie variety apple for a little extra zing. Lesson learned, never use Red delicious in a pie, comes out like mush.

  3. Oh, what a fun post!! I love apples and this is so informative. And that crisp sounds awesome...with the warm fall flavors in there...mmmmm!

  4. We have apple trees in our yard, and really enjoy September and the apples. And who doesn't love the story of Johnny Appleseed?

  5. I love apples...your post gave me inspiration !

  6. LOVE APPLES!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    i'm grabbing this recipe when i get a new oven! thanks for the food porn, louise! hehe.

  7. I love apples, and my husband used to have an apple orchard. We're partial to Gravensteins, a Sonoma county apple. They don't travel well, so they're not distributed in other areas, but they're fabulous! We have 7 trees in our back garden. Sadly our golden retriever loves them, too. He jumps up on the trees and shakes the apples down, so he can enjoy them, too. Gravensteins make great pies and applesauce. They're a bit tangy. Trade Joe's sometimes has Gravenstein applesauce at the beginning of the season. Thanks for the post. I've always love Johnny Appleseed.

  8. WOW! This is the ultimate apple resource chart! I'm bookmarking this page for sure! Thank you so much!

  9. We are just across the lake from NY State and also grow wonderful apples. We were just at the orchard market this weekend and got a bushel of cortlands for baking and some gorgeous honeycrisps for eating. Apple heaven!
    I love your ginger apple crisp recipe - looks totally delish!

  10. I am so happy that it is apple season again.
    I bake an apple cake every week!
    My favorite!

  11. I'm so glad you find the chart useful, Selba. As much as I love apples, I sometimes get confused as to which is best in a particular recipe.

    I tend to go for the Granny Smith too Sher. I'm going to change that once in a while to see what happens.

    It was a fun post girlchef. I totally enjoyed learning about the different kinds of apple varieties. There are so many more too!!!

  12. Wow, what a great post, with so many apple ideas!! Thanks for the pork chops link love :)

  13. I don't have any apple trees at my new house yet, Marjie. I think I'm going to seek out a few heirloom varieties.

    Thanks Sidney. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    hi acey, you're getting a new oven? that's wonderful. i would love to see how you bake this recipe up so send a little food "porn" this way, will ya?

  14. While I was researching this post, Janet. I was reminded of the many variety of apples once grown in the US. It seems it's all about the traveling. Some have been lost to the ages just for that reason. I'm thinking your lucky to still be able to have Gravensteins at your door step. Cherish them...

    Bookmark away Sophia. I'm so glad you found it useful:)

    It sure sounds like you had fun Natashya. The Ginger Apple Crisp recipe came from a book published by the folks at William Sonoma. Is there a crisp in my future???

    Hey Stacey, Apple Cake, hmmm...October is National Apple Month. Sometimes I do prefer a good apple cake to a pie. I'm actually ready to welcome fall too!!!

  15. Too many recipes you can make from an apple. You gave many ideas to us.


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