52 apple recipes
From Bramleys to Braeburns, make the most of this seasonal fruit in classic bakes, desserts and preserves. Discover our recipes for apple crumbles, cakes, tarte tatin, chutney and more
Looking for the ultimate apple pie? Want an easy apple crumble or spiced apple cake? We've got plenty of ways to use this seasonal star below. Discover sweet treats, baked puds and desserts using British apples from Bramleys to Braeburns. Plus, we have some savoury dishes for you to enjoy, including apple salad and soup.
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When are apples in season?
UK apple season starts in August and ends in February. British apples are at their best between October and December. When buying, go for fruit that’s not bruised and wrinkly, and don’t be fooled by shiny skin – quite a few apples are waxed for aesthetic reasons.
Why we love apples
There are more than 2,500 varieties of apple, ranging from extremely tart and perfect for cooking, to floral, crisp, red, yellow and green. We love eating apple grated onto porridge or homemade muesli for breakfast and baked into a cinnamon-spiced cake or pie. Our favourite way to enjoy them is, of course, in a classic apple crumble with plenty of vanilla ice cream.
Health benefits of apples
There's a reason people say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Packed with pectin, a fibre found in plants, they're thought to help reduce cholesterol and promote good bacteria in the gut. They're also rich in compounds which help to protect against disease.
Check out this really easy old-school apple crumble. This classic dessert is a firm family favourite and you won't go wrong with this foolproof recipe.
Try this, then check out more of our comforting crumble recipes.
Capture the essence of autumn with this delightful apple cake, a perfect treat for the season. Featuring a crunchy demerara sugar topping and a soft, lightly spiced sponge, it’s incredibly easy to make and can stay fresh for up to five days when stored in the fridge.
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The apple sauce makes this ginger-spiced cake deliciously squidgy. Serve warm as a pudding with cream or ice cream, or just at room temperature with a hot drink.
Make our easy American-style deep-dish apple pie with a crisp sugar-crust. Best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's sure to become a family favourite.
Match apples with tangy rhubarb pieces in this comforting crumble. Serve with your choice of custard or ice cream.
Learn how to make the ultimate apple tart with our easy to follow recipe. You'll master the shortcrust pastry case as well as the sweet apple filling. Serve for a dinner party dessert with cream.
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Our classic tarte tatin is easier than you think to make. With sticky caramel, tangy apples and buttery pastry, this traditional French dessert makes a comforting and impressive pudding.
Give our delicious pear tarte tatin a go.
A delicious, family favourite. Toffee apple bread and butter pudding, and extra toffee means this recipe is an easy win for a treat. Plus, there's a dash of calvados to enhance the sweet apple flavour.
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This recipe for toffee apple cake is easy to make and perfect for entertaining friends and family. Drizzle extra toffee or caramel sauce for a more indulgent tea time treat.
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Take your pudding to the next level with our steamed sponge with warm, spiced apple chunks.
Check out this stunning baked cheesecake with crunchy British Discovery apples and sweet and creamy toffee sauce. This indulgent cheesecake will make an impressive way to end any dinner party.
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How do you make spiced apple cake even better? Top it with a bittersweet black treacle icing. Serve slices with a brew for an afternoon pick-me-up.
For another indulgent treat, try our easy treacle tart.
A beautiful, crowd-pleasing dessert that makes the most of sticky golden syrup, sweet apples, and both ground and whole almonds. Best served with ice cream.
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Check out our crunchy crumble recipe with apples and blackberries. This classic pudding is an easy autumnal dessert the whole family will love, and is ready in an hour.
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Check out these comforting honey-baked apples with hazelnuts and yogurt. These sweet and syrupy apples make for the ideal winter dessert or breakfast, plus they're gluten free and low in calories, too.
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These muffins are great for an easy breakfast or snack. You can swap out the wholemeal for plain flour in this recipe, but we think it adds lovely nuttiness and texture.
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Jazz up your apple pie and make our impressive recipe with clotted cream. This indulgent, warming dessert is the perfect sweet treat to serve friends and family over the winter months.
During summer, try our peaches and clotted cream cake.
Pair apples with almonds in this restaurant-quality galette, made simple with shop-bought pastry. The recipe comes from London's The Grand Duchess.
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Crunchy, chewy, sweet and tart, these classic autumnal treats are often eaten at Halloween – but we think they're too good to save for just once a year.
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This versatile and speedy homemade apple sauce works brilliantly with roast pork. It can also be used in healthy baking dishes to add sweetness.
Get our recipe for perfect roast pork.
Put a posh twist on this traditional treat with our recipe for apple turnovers with vanilla glaze. They're really easy to make and are a great comforting pud for the colder months.
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Try this sophisticated sweet twist on a samosa, with crispy filo pastry and a tangy apple and dulce de leche filling. Serve warm with a cooling greek yogurt (alternatively, vanilla or salted caramel ice cream would be a great match, too).
See all our golden, crunchy filo pastry recipes.
Turning a cake into something even more special is easy when you make it upside-down. Sticky apple slices and a hint of star anise in this recipe will make an easy dinner party dessert or the best family pud.
Try our pineapple upside-down cake.
All you need to do is swap butter for melted coconut oil to make a totally vegan apple crumble. This one is flavoured with warming cinnamon.
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Spread this gingerbread apple butter on crumpets, stir into a bowl of hot porridge, use on a cheeseboard or as part of a sauce for some juicy pork chops,
This classic Austrian dish sees soft apple mixed with raisins, spiced with cinnamon then wrapped in thin filo pastry sheets.
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Cox apples and farmhouse bread are combined to make this delectable traditional English pudding. Serve with dollops of clotted cream on top.
For another old-school dessert, try our classic bread pudding.
Check out our showstopping tarte tatin recipe with russet apples, flaky puff pastry and dark rum. This impressive pudding may take a bit of time to make but it's well worth the wait.
Check out our impressive sweet pie packed with Bramley apples and juicy blueberries. Ready in less than an hour, this easy pie recipe uses croissant dough to give it an extra flaky top.
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A healthier take on classic apple crumble, this recipe tops soft cinnamon apples with a butter-free granola (which also makes a brilliant breakfast).
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Can't decide between apple pie and sticky toffee pudding for Sunday lunch? With this recipe for apple steamed pudding with a sticky toffee sauce, you don't have to pick. This is the best of both worlds.
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These boozy sticky toffee apples are the grown up version of your favourite Halloween treat. Enjoy for Bonfire Night or any autumn gathering with friends.
For more ideas like this, check out our Bonfire Night recipes.
Make apple crumble even better with a great big slosh of bourbon. You'll be all rosy-cheeked and merry after a helping of this cosy pud!
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Cinnamon buns are a really popular treat and apples, caramel and cinnamon make these gorgeously sticky buns a great brunch bake. Dried active yeast needs to be reactivated in water and gives a better rise than fast-action yeast.
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This has to be our best apple pie recipe, and the recipe is super easy. These individual sugar crust pies with spiced apples are topped with a lattice of sweet pastry. Irresistible!
Next time you're entertaining, be inspired by our individual dessert recipes.
Edd Kimber's festive bake gets its apple flavour from multiple sources: apple purée, chunks of spiced apple, and an apple caramel sauce made from reduced apple juice.
Savoury scones make a great alternative to serve for an afternoon tea with some good cheese and chutney. These ones are flavoured with sage and given extra texture from grated apple.
Next, try our classic scones with clotted cream and jam.
Want a quick yet impressive autumn dessert recipe? Check out our easy cider-poached apples with golden toffee sauce and crunchy candied hazelnuts.
Or try elegant poached pears with chocolate sauce.
Cinnamon-spiced apples are covered in an oat crumble topping along with soft brown sugar to add extra crunch. This family favourite is best served with vanilla ice cream.
Got a bag of oats to use up? See our best bakes with oats.
This recipe for apple tart with blackberry and soured cream comes from Percy and Founders in Fitzrovia, London. It's easy to make and can be prepared ahead, so it's a great one for when you're entertaining.
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Lightly spiced and fruity, these muffins are perfect for keeping mid-morning hunger pangs at bay.
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Both cooking and eating apples are used to create this warming fruit pudding, perfect for when the nights draw in.
Serve this cake with homemade custard.
Make the most of parsnip season by combining with apples in this rich and creamy soup. Serve with crusty bread for a warming lunch or starter.
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Make your salad so much more exciting with thinly sliced cauliflower florets, cubed apples, raisins, toasted walnuts and a quick mustard dressing.
For more ways with this budget-friendly veg, check out our cauliflower recipes.
Celebrate apple season by making a jar of Rosie Birkett’s homemade jelly, preserved with chilli, mint and ginger. Serve with cheese and crackers or try it in a sausage sandwich.
Smoked mackerel, beet and apple salad with creamy horseradish dressing
This hearty smoked mackerel salad with crunchy apple and vibrant beetroot is packed with flavour and ready in just 40 minutes – an easy midweek meal for the family.
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Make this classic lunch favourite vegetarian by replacing the chicken with chickpeas. Refreshing, crunchy and full of flavour, this easy recipe is ready in just 20 minutes.
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Korean chilli paste, ginger and lime make a punchy dressing for this refreshing vegetable salad, brightened up with plenty of fresh mint and coriander.
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Sliced fennel, apple and smoked mackerel come together in this fresh Nordic-style salad. Serve at lunch or as a starter accompanied by good bread.
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Spelt and apple salad with crispy nuts and seeds
Pack plenty of crunch into this balanced vegetarian salad and sprinkle with a homemade nut and seed mix.
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Apple wedges and caramelised onions add pleasing fruity sweetness to the deep savouriness of sausages and gravy in this simple winter supper.
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A fruity twist on a classic, this celeriac special is a great match for smoked fish or cooked ham. You'll need plenty of black pepper and chopped dill.
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