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Fall Apple Recipes - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Autumn may be famous for ushering in pumpkin spice lattes, but our REALTORS® want to remind you that here in Ohio, fall also means more than 50 varieties of locally grown apples. Homebuyers shopping for Mansfield homes for sale may be interested to know that there are many opportunities nearby for them to take the kids to pick their own, like Apple Hill Orchards. But what are you going to do with all those apples? Here are a few kid-friendly ideas:

  • Candy Apples
    For very young children, our first choice is Wrapples, made by Concord Foods. The package has enough sheets of caramel, sticks, and bags for five apples for a microwave family treat. The same company offers kits for 10 hard cinnamon candy or caramel apples. If you prefer to make your own, an 11-ounce bag of caramels is sufficient to coat five apples.

    After washing the fruit, insert sticks into the bottom. Place wax paper on a plate and spray cooking oil on it. Place the unwrapped candies in a medium saucepan and add three tablespoons of water. Cook over medium-low heat for three minutes, stirring constantly. Dip the apples into the caramel and roll them around until coated. Let the excess drip back into the pan before placing them on the wax paper. Chill for an hour but remove from refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving. 

  • Crockpot Apple Butter

5 lbs. apples
1 cup brown sugar packed (light or dark)
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt

Core and chop apples. Place all ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for five hours or low for eight. Let them cool, then spoon them into a blender or use an immersion blender to render them smooth. Apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for a week or can be frozen in plastic containers for up to a year. Do not use this recipe for canning. 

  • Waldorf Salad
    Older children and teens can hone their chopping skills with this refreshing lunch or side dish. 


2 apples, chopped
1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
1 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts, chopped
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of black pepper

Mix well and serve.

  • Baked Apple Dessert
    Using a paring knife, core however many apples you need for dessert, but leave about a half inch on the stem end, forming thick bowls. In the center, pack a pat of butter followed by a 50-50 mixture of miniature marshmallows and Red Hot cinnamon candies. Stand them up in a pan and add about a half inch of water. Bake in a 350-degree oven until soft, probably about 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can use an air fryer. Increase the temperature to 380 degrees and check if they're done at 15 minutes. If they are still too hard, continue cooking in five-minute increments until done. 

  • Apple Crisp

5 cups peeled and chopped apples
1/2 cup of  brown sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. of water
1/2 cup quick oats 
1/2 cup  flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

Place apples in a 9x9 baking dish. Mix the next three ingredients to make a batter and pour over apples. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 300 degrees for one hour. 

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