Last week we visited a local apple orchard, Eplegaarden. It’s an old Norwegian farm where the owners have done a wonderful job of preserving it. There is a small picnic area so you can bring in your own treats (and take the garbage when you leave), a real pick your own pumpkin patch, raspberry picking, apple picking, sweet bakery area (don’t forget your epi-pens! Be safe and eat your own treats. Farms and Orchards are NEVER safe.) and some animals. We went mid-week and there were the only ones picking apples when we got there. I much prefer this, compared to the long lines and huge crowds at some pumpkin patches + apple orchards!
Now that we have 10 pounds worth of apples, here are the ideas that we have to use them all up.
- Apple Pie
- Apple Sauce
- Apple Pancake
- Sauteed Cinnamon Apples
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Apple Cinnamon Bread
- Apple Snack
- Apple with Sun Butter
- Give some away
- Share with teachers!
We first ate a bunch, they are so juicy and sweet. Then we made some for dessert, this recipe was a huge hit last year! Then the kids and I tried to make sheet pan apple pancakes – and let me tell you. AMAZING!
I highly recommend doubling the amount of apples you use in the first “roasting” step. And, this is great for large crowds, like Thanks Giving sleepovers, or Christmas Morning. This makes A LOT of pancake. We ate this every day for 5 days, which I can’t complain. Morning breakfast was so easy since we all just watned to eat apple pancake! It travels (aka breakfast in the car when we were running late!) well and re-heats VERY well in the microwave. You could put it in the frige to last a little longer.
Sheet Pan Apple Spice Pancake
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp apple pie spice (Penzeys)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
- 3 golden delicious or gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rounds
- 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour (King Arthur)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthur) also, I did not have this, just use regular flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups whole milk (regular is fine too)
- 3/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt (Fage greek 2% works too)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (Penzeys)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 5 tsp apple cider
- 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
- maple syrup or whipped cream
- Make the pancake. Preheat oven to 400*, mix the granulated sugar, brown sugar and pie spice in a large bowl. Rub a rimmed baking sheet with 2 tbsp butter and arrange the apple slices on top in a single layer. sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the sugar spice mixture. bake until the apples are tender and the baking sheet is mostly dry. It will smell amazing, so be ready!
- Next, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the remaining sugar mixture. Whisk the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl. stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
- Pour the batter of the apples and spread to cover. Bake until dry and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush the remaining 1 tbsp butter on it. Let cool.
- Make the Glaze. Stir the confectioners sugar, cider and pie spice in a bowl. Drizzle over the pancake. Cut into squares. Invert onto plate and serve with syrup and whipped cream.