In the season of ginormous bags of candy and festival deep fried EVERYTHING, apples are a healthy way to celebrate. Nothing is sweeter than crisp apples right out of the orchard, or as aromatic as a spiced apple cider in front of the fire. Bring on the bushels, Dayton, it’s apple season and we’ve got where to buy and what to fix with those Macintosh and Honeycrisp!
Apple Festivals near Dayton
Don’t worry if you missed the Aullwood Apple Fest, there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate this fruit of the season. Head over to Enon, Ohio October 10th and 11th to the Enon Apple Butter Festival or over to Hidden Valley Fruit Farm for the Ohio Cider Fest on October 7th. In just a little over an hour’s drive from Dayton, the Van Wert Apple Festival (October 20th and 21st) is a huge bash complete with free wagon rides, or head over to the Apple Butter Day celebration in Groveport on the 14th.
Buying Fresh Apples in Dayton
There’s more than a peck of places to buy fresh apples this season in and around the Dayton area. In addition to our normal favorite local farmer’s markets, there’s a multitude of “Pick Your Own” apple orchards in the area including a favorite of ours, the Apple County Farm Market.
If you’re ready to dive right in to a bin of apples to celebrate this season, then we have the recipes for you to get started! One note, if you love apples and haven’t already invested in an apple peeler then you’re missing out. They make processing apples easy as…pie!!
Fall In Love with First Place Applesauce
A recipe everyone can agree on, applesauce is simple to make and easily adaptable to your own whims. Skin, core, and chop about 6 to 8 apples and place in a large pot with 1 cup water. Let simmer over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes or until tender. Cool, then use a hand mixer and blend. You don’t need sugar!! Apples are sweet enough on their own without adding sweeteners. If you must, add in just 1 tbsp honey to sweeten the batch. Ready for some add-in’s? Try these:
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tbsp vanilla flavoring
Planning a Halloween party? Substitute the water for spiced rum for an adult applesauce concoction!
Rooftop Grilled Apples
The pool may be closed for cool weather but our grill and rooftop deck are open and ready for grilling! Head on out with 4 large apples, cored and sliced. You can leave the skins on, or remove them if you prefer. Wrap them in tin foil and combine with 1 tsp of cinnamon. Grill on medium heat for about 20 minutes, and then serve immediately.
Downtown Dayton Apple Raisin Cobbler
This is a quick treat your guests will love. You can use store-bought crust, or use this recipe from All Recipes for a flour-free approach. Core, peel and thinly (about 1/8 inch) slice about 4 large apples. In a large mixing bowl, place apples, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp almond flour, and ½ cup raisins and mix well. Prepare your crust in deep baking dish per instructions, then add mixture, placing another crust over top. To give the crust a shiny appearance, you can brush a mixture of egg white and water lightly over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the crust browns.
We hope this helps get you in the autumn mood! Be sure to let us know how you enjoyed our recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page.