Minnesota is known for its apples, with the Honeycrisp apple the most widely known favorite. Other Minnesota grown apples include Haralson, Zestar! SnowSweet, SweeTango and the newest University of Minnesota apple, Rave, which Minnesota growers will market as First Kiss.

Whether enjoying fresh apple slices in dip or choosing a baking variety, here are some flavorful recipes to sample as apples ripen this month into October.



This recipe comes from Lisa Knapek, Dietetic Intern with the Emily Program at the University of Minnesota, as featured on the website Open Arms. Knapek remembers coming from school, picking apples, then helping her mom make this recipe and eating it warm out of the oven. In addition to being tasty, apples provide a good source of fiber. Slightly tart Haralson apples are a good choice.

Mom’s Apple Crisp

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4-6 large apples, sliced (enough to fill an 8-by-8-inch pan)

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash and slice apples, then fill the pan with apples.In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients into a crumbly mixture. Evenly sprinkle crumb mixture over the apples in an 8-by-8-inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting and serving.



You don't have to peel the apples for this cake in “Recipes From Minnesota With Love."

Bulgarian Apple Cake

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups flour

2 cups chopped, unpeeled red apples

1 cup chopped nuts

Best together eggs, sugar and oil. Soft flour, soda and salt together. Add to the first mixture and mix well. Stir in apples and nuts. Bake in a greased bundt pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.



This also comes from the cookbook “Recipes From Minnesota With Love," which credits the legendary Johnny Appleseed for planting the first apples in the state.

Favorite Apple Cookies

3 tablespoons margarine or butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 egg

1 Tbsp. water

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1-1/2 cups rolled oats

3 medium apples, peeled and chopped

1 cup walnuts chopped

3/4 cup chopped dates

Blend butter or margarine, brown sugar, honey, egg and water until smooth. Gradually stir in dry ingredients. Stir in apples, walnuts and dates. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.



Betty Malisow, author of "Recipes from Minnesota with Love," says this pie is just like the ones grandma used to make.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening

6 Tbsp. cold water

4-6 cups sliced pared tart apples

3/4 to 1 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 Tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

Mix flour, salt, baking powder and shortening with pastry blender until crumbly. Add water. Mix together and form into a ball. Divide in half and roll out on floured surface. Place in 9-inch pie plate. Roll out other half and reserve for top crust. Mix sugar, cinnamon and flour together. Mix half of this mixture with the apples. Pour apples into pie plate and pour the other half of sugar and cinnamon mixture on top. Place top crust on pie and pinch together. Sprinkle top of crust with sugar. Prick crust with fork. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 25 to 30 minutes more until golden brown.



Readers are invited to submit four to five of their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to lskarpness@parkrapidsenterprise.com or by mail to the Park Rapids Enterprise, 203 Henrietta Ave. North, Park Rapids, MN 56470 and they may appear in a future issue.