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11 Sweet And Savory Apple Recipes You'll Fall For

11/04/2017 07:09 EDT | Updated 11/04/2017 10:18 EDT

Crisp, juicy, tart, and sweet, apples are the shining star of fall. From comforting desserts, like apple pie and apple bread pudding, to savory soups and salads, these recipes are a delicious way to get your apple a day.

1. Perfect Apple Pie

What’s the secret to a perfect apple pie? Blind baking the crust and boiling down the juices before filling the pie. These steps add a bit of extra time but ensure a crisp, flaky crust and a thick, cider-flavored filling. GET THE RECIPE

2. Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad

With shredded kale, pancetta, and tart apples in a zingy maple vinaigrette, this salad is truly crave-worthy — and it screams fall. GET THE RECIPE

3. Autumn Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice is the essence of fall. The secret ingredient is curry powder, which doesn’t give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. GET THE RECIPE 

4. Rustic French Apple Tart

Like an apple pie without the pan, this rustic tart consists of a thin layer of sliced apples baked on top of a buttery, flaky crust. I know what you’re thinking: “too advanced for me.” Wrong! The dough comes together in under a minute and is virtually foolproof – promise. GET THE RECIPE

5. Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Walnuts

Baked oatmeal is a traditional Amish breakfast casserole that has a consistency similar to bread pudding. There are endless variations — the recipe is easily adapted with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand — but this version filled with tart apples and plump raisins with a crunchy walnut topping is my favorite. The best part? It can be made ahead of time and reheated. GET THE RECIPE

6. French Apple Cake

Sweet apples nestled in a tender and buttery rum-scented cake — this dessert is easy to make and even easier to eat! GET THE RECIPE

7. Chunky Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet — almost like apple pie filling — and a world apart from store-bought. Serve it warm out of the oven for instant comfort. GET THE RECIPE

8. Apple Rum Raisin Bread Pudding

Challah, rum-soaked raisins, and apples are drenched in a vanilla and cinnamon-scented custard, and then baked into a comforting bread pudding. Serve it with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall dessert. GET THE RECIPE

9. Apple Spice Muffins

Made partially with whole wheat flour, these apple muffins have a wonderfully wholesome flavor and texture. They’re also chock full of apples, scented with warm autumn spices, and finished with an irresistible crunchy brown sugar topping. GET THE RECIPE

10. Curried Cauliflower & Apple Soup

This might seem like an unlikely combination of flavors but cauliflower, apples, and curry make a delicious and seductive soup. GET THE RECIPE

11. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, one of my all-time favorite baking books. Bookmark it for the holidays! GET THE RECIPE