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Recipes to Enjoy During Apple Harvest

Carol Cogliano
Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.

(9/2017) Last month, I hope that you enjoyed learning all about peaches – straight from the experts! (My guess is that several of you might have missed the recipes, though.) To make up for it, this month, I am going heavy on the recipes and light on the information.

Apples are a fruit that we can typically enjoy year-round, thanks to the fact that they can be stored in ways that preserve their freshness for a longer span of time than other fruits. Nothing, however, beats the quality and taste of the freshly-harvested apples that are available to us during the months of September and October – the height of apple harvest season in our region.

Apples grow in so many varieties! When shopping for apples, be sure to select a variety that is best suited for your intended use/recipe. Apple varieties range from tart and firm to soft and sweet. If you are shopping in a farm market, never hesitate to ask questions. Many markets will have descriptive signs posted by each variety, to clearly inform their customers about that variety’s qualities and taste. At Hollabaugh’s, we encourage customers to ask questions, and if they’d like, we can prepare a sample for them to taste. For snacking, it is certainly a matter of personal preference, but for baking, it is best to select a variety that holds up to the heat (such as Granny Smith, Jonathan/Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Goldrush, Winesap or Braeburn).

I hope that you enjoy one – or all – of the following delicious apple recipes. Many are courtesy of the "Hollabaugh Family Cookbook", which are tried and true recipes provided by their family members and friends! Happy Apple Harvest!

Mom’s Apple Fritters

Recipe courtesy of: Hollabaugh Family Cookbook / Kay Hollabaugh’s mom, Dorothy Ernst

Not only is this recipe absolutely delicious, it was contributed to the Hollabaugh Family Cookbook by Mrs. Dorothy Ernst, mother of Kay Hollabaugh (who is married to 2nd generation Hollabaugh family member, Brad). Dorothy is an amazing woman who just celebrated her 100th birthday on August 14th! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Ernst!


  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder


  1. Mix all ingredients together and drop a spoonful on hot, lightly greased griddle or fry pan.
  2. Brown quickly on both sides and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Note: A family favorite! One batch is never enough!

Baked Apple Chips

Recipe courtesy of:

These baked apple chips are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious. They are a great ways to give your kids a healthy snack without reaching for a bag of potato chips!


  • Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • Apple Corer
  • Mandolin slicer


  1. Preheat oven to 240F.
  2. Core each apple, using the corer.
  3. Slice each apple about ¼" thick using the mandolin slicer.
  4. Mix cinnamon and sugar together and toss with the apples to coat.
  5. Place apple slices on a metal baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, or until the edges are curled and dry.
  6. Transfer slices to a wire rack to allow to cool and completely dry.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nan’s Apple Muffins

Recipe courtesy of: The Hollabaugh Family Cookbook / Nan Robison


  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cup chopped, peeled apples
  • 1 tsp. sugar


  1. Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups.
  2. Beat egg. Stir in milk and oil.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened.
  4. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 20 minutes.

Note: A variation of this is to mix 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup nuts and ½ tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over tops of the muffins before baking.

Autumn Apple Salad with a Maple Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of:

Autumn Apple Salad with a Maple Vinaigrette will let you celebrate all the flavors of fall! Pecans, cranberries, apples, feta and baby spinach all drizzled with an easy to make maple dijon vinaigrette!


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup halved pecans
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 1/2 granny smith apple sliced
  • 1/2 fuji apple sliced

• 2 slices bacon cooked and chopped

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add the spinach to a medium size bowl or plate.
  2. Top with dried cranberries, halved pecans, feta cheese, sliced apples, and cooked bacon.
  3. Add all the ingredients for the maple dijon vinaigrette to a small mason jar. Shake to mix. Pour over the salad. The dressing recipe makes enough for two salads.


Maple Vinaigrette recipe adapted from Martha Stewart .

Apple Crisp

Recipe courtesy of: The Hollabaugh Family Cookbook / Vicky Hollabaugh

Warm Apple Crisp, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…you know that autumn has arrived! Take advantage of the plentiful supply of fresh apples, along with staples from your pantry to prepare a delicious treat for your family.


  • 8 cups peeled and sliced Nittany apples (or variety of your choice)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • c tsp. salt
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • c tsp. baking soda
  • 3 T. butter


  1. In a large bowl, toss the apples, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a second bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

Baked Apples with Caramel Cream

Recipe courtesy of: The Hollabaugh Family Cookbook / Sue Kuhn


  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 4 large apples, cored
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 12 caramels
  • ½ cup whipping cream


  1. Combine brown sugar and water in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Peel the top half of each apple. Brush with lemon juice and place in the baking dish.
  3. Fill each apple with 3 caramels.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until apples are tender, basting every 20 minutes.
  5. Carefully lift apples, allowing any caramel in centers to drip into pan, and place in individual dessert dishes.
  6. Pour sauce into a small saucepan. Add cream and cook over medium-low heat until sauce is thick and smooth. Spoon over apples. Serve immediately.

Carol Cogliano is the Director of Events at Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. which is located at 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, PA 17307. Visit for a full listing of their upcoming events and classes or call 717-677-8412 for more information.

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