Happy National Apple Month! This month is set aside to recognize and highlight apples! So, I decided to share with you how I celebrated this food holiday.
October is always full of Fall spirit with families herding to the always popular pumpkin patches and apple orchards. I must admit I love these pastimes. So, I decided to make a stop at my favorite New Jersey orchard this past weekend (Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, in case you were wondering). Unfortunately, I did not take the time to go apple picking (which they do offer) but, I shopped around their wonderful marketplace (open-year round). There is something special about this market around fall. All of the apples, cider, donuts, pies, and other fall featured goodies are hard to resist. I, of course, stocked up on a little bit of all of them.
I bought quite a few different kinds of apples-golden delicious, gala, Fuji, empire, etc. I intend to eat some of the apples just the way they are, others will be smothered with Delicious Orchard’s homemade honey nut peanut butter (It’s amazing!) or caramel dipping sauce, and finally my 2 empire apples will be used for a fun Fall recipe I have been dying to try out!
I recently went to Cafe Metro in Denville, NJ and had this delicious autumn tart that featured apples. I attempted to recreate with my own flair. If you are interested in using up some of your apples here is my recipe for Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Flatbread.
Baked Apples (See directions below)
- 1 sheet of pastry (defrosted)
- 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I used Sharp)
- 3 strips of thick-cut bacon
- 1 medium onion (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Flour (for the rolling pin)
- Butter cooking spray
- 2 apples (I used Empire)
- ⅓ cup of Apple Cider
- ⅓ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Peel and dice apples into medium size chunks. Toss apple chunks with remaining ingredients. Pour the apples and liquid onto foil lined baking sheet. Let the apples bake for 40 minutes, turning over the apples about half way through baking to keep moist.
*Please note these apples can be made ahead of time! I made mine the night before I made my flatbread.
Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Flatbread:
Keep the oven at 375 degrees (Or pre-heat if you cooked the apples ahead of time like I did). Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium pan. Add the sliced onion and allow caramelizing over medium/low heat until golden and brown (I let mine go for 30-40 minutes). Put the onions aside. Wipe out the pan and add the bacon. Once cooked to a crisp remove from pan. Cut into ½ inch slices.
Roll out the defrosted pastry sheet with a rolling pin and flour (to keep from sticking) until desired shape and the dough is about ⅛ inch thick. Place on pre-greased (using cooking spray) baking sheet. Coat the top of the pastry sheet lightly with cooking spray. Then cover with the layer of cheddar cheese. Add the bacon bits, caramelized onions and baked apples on top. Heat in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pastry sheet is golden brown.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!