12 Old Fashioned Apple Recipes

I had several posts with apple recipes.  I decided to organize them into one long post.  I have not tried these.  They come from a variety of sources, some from very old cookbooks.  There are still more apple recipes on the site, but at least here are 12 of them in one place!

12 Old Fashioned Apple Recipes

1. Dried Apples

For generations, people have preserved their apple harvest by drying them. The results can be eaten out of hand, baked into pies, or soaked in water and cooked to make dried apple sauce.

Here’s how to dry apples:

Core apples and slice them into rings (cross-wise). Place slices into a mixture of 1 quart water, 1 quart pineapple juice, and 1/4 cup lemon juice; let soak for 5 minutes. Then place apple slices on cheesecloth-covered window screens, and cover slices with more cheesecloth.

Place in the sun for two or three days, bringing the window screens in at night. It’s a good idea to place the screens on bricks or blocks so that air can circulate beneath the fruit.

When apple slices are dry (they will be leathery but pliable), store them in zip-top bags. Before placing them on the shelf, some sources recommend putting the dried apple slices in the freezer for several days to kill any bugs or their eggs.

2. Slow Cooker Applesauce

This is a good recipe when you have too many apples, because it takes so many apples to make only a small amount of sauce! If you have a crockpot, this is especially easy. If not, you can simmer it on the stove instead.

In your crockpot, place 4 pounds of cored, chunked apples (peeling optional). Add 1/4 cup sugar (also optional) and 1 cup apple juice. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Pass through a sieve or food mill, or whirl in the blender to make it smooth.

To make apple butter, add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.

3. Dipped Whole Apples

Whether you use chocolate, nuts, caramel, or a combination of ingredients, whole apples dipped in sweet coating make good gifts, party foods, and fun snacks. Use tart apples such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady. Poke a wooden stick into the base of each apple, and dip into various coatings, such as:

* Melted semi-sweet and/or white chocolate, then rolled in chopped nuts or mini chips
* Caramel (melt caramel candies in a double boiler or make boiled caramel); then rolled in chopped nuts if desired
* Melted chocolate, then rolled in peanut butter chips
* Melted peanut butter chips, then rolled in mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts

You can use your imagination for this one!

4. Apple Skillet Pancake

This cooks right in the skillet and makes one big, apple pancake to be shared among 3 or 4 people.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a blender, combine and whirl:
* 3 large eggs
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1/2 cup milk

Set aside.

In a 12-inch cast-iron (or ovenproof) frying pan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over high heat. Stir in:
* 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice or brown sugar (lightly packed)
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix well, then stir in:
* 1 peeled, sliced apple, preferably a sweet variety such as Cameo or Fuji

Stir and cook until apple begins to soften. Then pour blender mixture into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes; top with powdered sugar.

Here are some old fashioned autumn apple recipes including apple brown Betty, applesauce brown Betty, apple pan dowdy, apple delights, and apple crow’s nest.

5.  Apple Brown Betty

1/2 to 1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
3 cups sliced or chopped apples
1/4 cup water
Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons butter

Mix sugar, spices, and salt. If apples are very tart, use additional sugar – up to 1 cup. Grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Put in a third of the crumbs, then half of the apples. Sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture. Repeat.

Mix water, lemon juice and rind; pour over. Put on remaining crumbs and dot with butter. Cover at bake at 350 degrees for 1 3/4 hours. Serves 6.

6.  Applesauce Brown Betty

Substitute 2 1/2 cups applesauce for the apples in the recipe above.

7.  Apple Pan Dowdy

1 quart apples, sliced
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon clovers
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cider

Butter a casserole dish. Put in sliced apples and spread sugar over the apples. Sprinkle the spices over the sugar. Dot the top with butter. Add cider and cover with homemade biscuit dough (recipe below), 1/4 inch thick. Leave holes for the steam to escape. Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender and crust is well-browned. Serve with whipped cream. Serves 6.

Homemade Biscuit Dough

8 cups flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups shortening

Sift flour and measure. Sift again with the baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening until the mixture has a fine even crumb. Place in closed container and keep in refrigerator, using as desired.

This mixture will keep at least a month in the refrigerator. It will yield five batches with 2 cups of the mixture to the batch. It may be used for biscuits, dumplings, shortcake, waffles, muffins, quick coffee cake, and many other things.

8.  Apple Crow’s Nest

4 tart apples, cored, pared, and sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup milk

Arrange apples in greased pie pan and dot with butter. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar together twice. Cut in shortening with a knife or finger tips. Add enough milk gradually to make a soft dough. Spread over apples. Bake at 400 degrees until apples are tender, about 25 minutes.

Turn out upside down. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon and stir into apples. Sherve hot with whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and chopped nuts. Serves 6.

9.  Apple Delights

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 egg
6 soft ripe apples

Mix and sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening with a knife. Add milk and beaten egg and mix well. Drop tablespoons of batter into well greased muffin pans. Peel apples, cut in halves, and take out cores. Put on top of batter, cut side up, and fill the holes with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve hot with cream or whipped cream, dusted with cinnamon.

10.  Apple Upside-Down Cake

1/4 cup butter or other fat
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 to 4 firm-fleshed apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup sugar
Whipped cream

Cream together the butter, sugar, well-beaten egg, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk to the first mixture.

Generously grease bottom and sides of cake pan.

Pare, quarter, and slice the apples thin. Spread in an overlapping layer on the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. Pour the cake mixture over the apples. The batter will be thick and may need to be smoothed on top with a knife.

Bake at 300 to 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

Loosen the sides of the cake, turn it out carefully, upside down, and the top will be covered with a neat layer of transparent apples. Serve warm and top with whipped cream if desired.

11.  Applesauce Cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup thick applesauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1 1/2 to 2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda

Cream shortening, sugar, and egg together. Dissolve soda in applesauce and add to mixture. Sift salt, cinnamon, and clove with part of the flour and add to the first mixture. Add enough more flour to make a fairly stiff batter. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. If desired, add 1 cup raisins to the batter before baking.

12.  Dried Apple Cake

2 cups dried apples
2 cups molasses
1 cup raisins
1 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3 cups flour

Soak dried apples for 10 hours in cold water. Drain and chop fine. Cook slowly with molasses for one hour. Add raisins. Stir well and let cool.

Cream butter, gradually adding sugar, beaten eggs, cooled mixture, milk, and flour that has been mixed and sifted with soda and spices.

Pour into a well-buttered load pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.



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2 Responses to 12 Old Fashioned Apple Recipes

  1. What a wonderful list of apple recipes! I was especially excited when I saw the Apple Brown Betty and the Applesauce Cake. I think they are remarkably close to my great-grandmother’s recipes which no one seems to have. (If they do, they aren’t sharing with me. LOL) Thank you so much for such a comprehensive list. I can’t wait to bake!

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