Dana Slatkin

October Cooking Contest

Apple Recipes, October Cooking ContestOctober is harvest time, and apples are aplenty! What’s tart and sweet in your kitchen? Send us your favorite apple recipe — salad or savory, chutney or condiment, stuffed or stuffing.

To enter, send in your apple recipe here, along with a blurb about what makes it delectable, by October 31st. All recipes will be acknowledged, tested and tasted. The winning recipe will be featured on this website, and the winner will receive some of our coolest kitchen swag!


Photo credit: tastespotting.com

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  1. Courtney says:

    My recipe for Buttermilk Apple Cake, is one that I found and adapted a bit from Bogart Loves, a young woman in search of her heart who sells the lovliest baked goods at my local farmers market!

    After visiting a local, apple orchard in the fall, it is hard not to want to bake all things apple: apple pie, apple crisp, applesauce, you get my drift! What I love about this recipe is it’s whole grain pastry flour base and bright, apple flavor. Perfect for those crisp fall days and best when eaten with a hot, toasty cup of apple cider:

    Buttermilk Apple Cake
    makes 12 servings

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    1 Tbsp baking powder (use aluminum-free if you can find it)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1 tsp. apple pie spice
    2 L eggs, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
    6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    2 cups sweet, tart apples (good baking apple varieties include: Bonnies Best, Cortland, Haralson; or just ask the farmer at your local orchard- they always know best :)
    1 tsp. lemon juice
    3-4 tbsp. large grain sugar.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a a 9×13 inch metal baking pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
    Slice apples into thin, half slices. Place in a bowl with a little lemon juice and water.
    In a large bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract. The mixture will appear to curdle, that is normal. Combine the two mixtures together.

    Pour the batter into your baking dish evenly. Drain the apples and then arrange across the top of the batter in whatever design you please. Dust with large grain sugar.

    Place in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes

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