Beyond apple pie: Four ways to use up all those apples you just picked

deanna fox apple recipes composite
By Deanna Fox

Sad but true: There is such a thing as too much apple pie.

New York State produces 29.5 million bushels of apples annually, with more than half of that yield sold as fresh apples (according to the New York Apple Association). With numbers like that, chances are good if you are reading this, you have recently made a trip to the orchard or are about to.

And, likely, you'll have a few errant apples left in the orchard bag or crisper drawer of the fridge. If you just can't stomach another pie or crisp or batch of applesauce, fear not: Here are four recipes to save you from the apple overload.

Tarte Tatin

deana fox apple recipes tarte tatin

This old-school French dessert couldn't be easier. You'll noticed a burning smell when cooking the sugar. That's a good thing, it means the sugar is turning into caramel, but pull the pan from the heat as soon as you smell it, especially if you are using (recommended) cast iron. Store-bought puff pastry (find it in the freezer section, near the frozen desserts and fruit) works just fine in this recipe.

(click to reveal the recipe)

Savory Apple Tart

deanna fox apple recipes savory tart

This tart relies on a few basics techniques and good-to-know recipes to create a great appetizer or first course (serve it over tender fall greens with a mustardy vinaigrette). You are only using one half of the crust recipe, so you can double everything else and make two tarts, if you'd like, or freeze the other half of the dough for future use.

(click to reveal the recipe)

Apple Slaw

deanna fox apple recipes slaw

Cabbage is in season, too. Here's a way to use up that head in your CSA box while still tackling the apple problem.

(click to reveal the recipe)

Apple Wontons

deanna fox apple recipes wontons

Pan-fried and served with a zippy mustard sauce, it's hard to stop eating this little autumnal packages.

(click to reveal the recipe)


Deanna Fox writes about many things, mostly about food. More can be found on her website, Twitter, or Instagram.


Great! I needed these suggestions. I also have a heavy raspberry crop - 12 quarts since Friday. Searching for recipe ideas- new jam combos, etc.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Thinking about the future of Washington Ave

Could there be a safer, friendlier, better version of upper Washington Ave in Albany? That was the question at the heart of the the public... (more)

Capital Region Grown-Up Egg Hunt 2018

The Capital Region Grown-Up Egg Hunt returns April 8, and this year the hunt will be at Collins Park in Scotia. The event is pretty... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It's the first weekend of spring. No, really. Celebrate with an ice cream cone -- or a hot chocolate. Below you'll find our list of... (more)

Gillibrand on jobs guarantee

Kirsten Gillibrand said in The Nation this week that she supports a jobs guarantee backed by the federal government: "Corporate interests have controlled the agenda... (more)

A good gastroenterologist?

Anonymous emails: I have a bad case of persistent acid reflux. I've tried the over-the-counter medicines and they help, but I'd like to see a... (more)

Recent Comments

Several family members and I have been treated well by Dr. James Puleo Jr.. He's brilliant, personable, and takes the time to figure out what's going on.

Thinking about the future of Washington Ave

...has 1 comment, most recently from Mike

An orchard for Washington Park

...has 4 comments, most recently from jsc

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 4 comments, most recently from jsc

A good gastroenterologist?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Patti

787 is sticking around for a long time, but if you want to change it the time to start is now

...has 6 comments, most recently from Anonymous