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Apples to Apples

Cook up these recipes featuring our favorite autumnal fruit.

Apple Butter - Courtesy of Taste of Home. Put this creamy and spicy spread on your morning toast or cinnamon muffin for a flavorful change from your usual pad of butter.

Ingredients 5-1/2 pounds apples, peeled and finely chopped 4 cups sugar 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions Place apples in a 3-quart slow cooker. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt; pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9-11 hours or until thickened and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking).

Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire whisk until smooth.Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Apple Maple French Toast - Courtesy of Martha Stewart. Add caramelized apples atop fluffy French toast for a decadent Sunday morning treat!

Ingredients 6 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Ground cinnamon 6 slices bread 2 tablespoons butter 3 apples, peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add the bread in a single layer, turning until all the egg is absorbed.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize. Add the water, cooking until water has evaporated and apples are tender, about 4 minutes. Pour in the maple syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon; simmer for a minute to combine.

In a large, heated non-stick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and saute the soaked bread until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes. Place French toast on a plate and top with apple-maple mixture to serve.

Apple Tea Sandwiches - Courtesy of My Recipes. The crisp flavors of the apple mix with the fragrant blue cheese for delicious balance of salty and sweet on a remarkably light sandwich.

Ingredients 2 Gala apples 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 4.4-ounce container blue cheese crumbles 1 Tablespoon honey Freshly ground pepper to taste Thin bread slices 1 (5-oz.) package arugula 2 Tablespoons butter

Directions Thinly slice apples. Heat chopped walnuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Combine cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, honey and toasted walnuts until blended. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

Spread one side of each of thin bread slices with 1 Tablespoon cream cheese mixture. Layer with arugula and apple slices. Close the sandwich with another slice of cream cheese covered bread.

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter on a griddle over medium heat. Cook sandwiches 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden and cheese is melted.

Pan Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad - Courtesy of Food Network. The salmon may be the main course but the paired kale and apple salad makes for a tangy side that steals the spotlight of this complete dinner meal.

Ingredients 4 5-ounce center-cut salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced (about 6 cups) 1/4 cup dates 1 Honeycrisp apple 1/4 cup finely grated pecorino 3 Tablespoons toasted slivered almonds Freshly ground black pepper

Directions Bring the salmon to room temperature 10 minutes before cooking.

Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes.

While the kale stands, cut the dates into thin slivers and the apple into matchsticks. Add the dates, apples, cheese and almonds to the kale. Season with pepper, toss well and set aside.

Sprinkle the salmon all over with 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Raise the heat to medium-high. Place the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook until it feels firm to the touch, about 3 minutes more.

Divide the salmon and salad evenly among four plates.

Apple Bavarian Torte - Courtesy of All Recipes. If you have a big bushel of apples to cook up, whip up this dessert made of layers of apple and cheese.

Crust Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour

Cheese Mixture Ingredients 1 8-ounce package cream cheese 1/4 cup white sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Mixture Ingredients 6 apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. Cream together crust incredients: butter, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla and flour. Press crust mixture into the flat bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Pour cheese mixture over crust.

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the sliced apples with the sugar mixture and spread over the cheese filling.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and continue baking for 25 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over top of torte. Continue baking until almonds are lightly browned and apples are tender. Cool before removing from pan.