Apple dessert recipes use one of the most popular fruits in the world. An apple's firm texture and range of sweet and tart tastes makes them perfect for many different desserts. In fact, apples are frequently used in:
There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, though a typical grocery store only carries 4-6 at one time, depending on which types are in season. Experienced chefs mix different varieties in their apple dessert recipes for a rich, layered taste that will please any apple aficionado.
Apples are very nutritious: while low in calories, they are fat free, cholesterol free, and high in fiber and Vitamin C. Take care when preparing apples, however: the majority of the fiber and vital antioxidants are in the fruit's peel, which should be left intact whenever possible.
Choosing Fruit for your Apple Dessert Recipes
Apples are members of the rose family and chefs should bear that in mind when choosing appropriate fruit for a dessert. The bloom on the bottom of the apple should be tightly closed and without any wilting or decay that would indicate an old, inferior fruit. The skin should be free from blemishes and bruises. When picking out apples, remember that firm fruits will last longer.
Generally, tart apples are the best for baking, including:
- Granny Smith
- Golden Delicious
- Macintosh varieties
Feel free to experiment using different apples in your apple dessert recipes as substitutions or as part of a multi-apple blend. Regardless of the variety, one medium-sized apple yields approximately one cup when chopped, diced, or sliced.
Apples should be stored without touching one another in a cool, dry place such as a refrigerator or cold cellar where they will ripen more slowly, often keeping for several months before any signs of decay.
No matter what type of apple dessert you have planned, using this nutritious, delicious fruit is a sure way to please everyone at the dinner table.