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How to use up 12 Gala apples?

Just had a dozen apples dumped on me, not sure what to do with them. I'd like to make something,either a sweet or savory, that I can freeze for future consumption. Any suggestions? Seems like a waste to just put them into my daily smoothie....

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  1. Applesauce keeps and freezes very well, or you could make apple-almond muffins - good for breakfast. Apples themselves also keep quite well in a cool dark cupboard so you don't necessarily have to hurry

    1. I'd make an apple crisp with them. It will freeze well and you can separate it into small serving sizes. Later on, take out the apple crisp along with some neighboring vanilla ice cream, nuke the crisp, and top with the ice cream. Delicious.

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      1. re: Cheese Boy

        I would make an apple crisp, too. But I wouldn't freeze it (though you are welcome to).

      2. Gala apples are such an excellent eating apple, and very odd, sorta out season that once could complaint that one was "dumped".
        If they are still the bright crisp snap of the usual Gala, I say, eat an apple a day.

        But if you really were dumped and since gala is an eating apple and not a storage apple. depend what you like,

        I dislike sweets, but an apple/onion compote would be nice. Kick up the savory. Apple in balsamic, but not sweet, frozen in cubes ( I am guessing apple sauce consistency) would be a nice addition latter at a stir-fry.

        1. apple cobbler freezes well

          1. Lucky you! I love Galas, so I would eat them easily in a week. But if you want to freeze them, make applesauce, unsweetened, which can be sweet or savory later when you want it.

            1. I'd dry some in the oven.

              1. There is something so special about homemade applesauce even though it is so easy. Galas make wonderful applesauce. All you do is slice them and throw them in a pot. Simmer them covered with just a splash of water. Mash them when they are soft or leave them chunky. You don't need to add sugar.

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                1. re: Sensuous

                  Or if you want an applesauce with spices, the best recipe I've tried is here:

                  1. re: asheblogs

                    ...and an additional applesauce thought is to roast the apples first.

                2. This is my favorite apple cake, which I make using galas in the fall. It should use up 4 or so large apples:


                  1. Baked apples with loads of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla. Trim top, core apple fill with ingredients and bake. Baked apples with vanilla ice cream is so comforting!

                    1. peel and core 5 apples. Dice into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss with white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cold butter, and chopped walnuts.

                      Then roll it all into a puff pastry log. Slice log into 1inch rounds, lay rounds flat on baking sheet and bake off for 20-25 mins @ 375 or until golden. Apple pastries!

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                      1. re: Novelli

                        Lately I've been making bread pudding with apples (and a couple of times with pears) using Acme Bakery's Levain bread. It's a sort of sourdough bread with some whole wheat flour (and probably some other flours) in it. I save the crusts and heels and, when I have enough, make the pudding.

                        It makes a fabulous bread pudding.

                        1. re: oakjoan

                          oakjoan, can you give us your Apple/Pear Bread Pudding Recipe? It sound GREAT. Thanks.

                        2. re: Novelli

                          wow! this looks like a great recipe...looking forward to trying it...thank you for sharing it

                        3. Homemade applesauce, as many others have suggested, I'm also a big fan of Apple, Raisin & Celery Seed Slaw. Goes wonderfully with pork chops, pulled chicken sandwiches (or anything you'd normally use coleslaw for)

                          1. When I think of apples I think of a jicama/pear/apple slaw but obviously that isn't for freezing! Or stuffed pork loin with calvados glaze. Tarte Tatin is my favourite apple dessert. Apple dumplings in pastry are delicious.

                            For things you can make and freeze or keep for later I recommend apple butter or apple jelly (really good with fresh mint to serve with duck or lamb). You can infuse some vinegar, too.