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13 ways to enjoy in-season apples and pears

4-ingredient leftover apple tarte tatin

Including fresh, baked, poached and caramelised

Apples and pears are in abundance during autumn, and there are many ways to enjoy them. Wow everyone around the table with our selection of the best apple and pear recipes for autumn.

apple and coconut pie


Apple & coconut pie

One of the best ways to cook with apples, the humble apple pie has been given a makeover. Coconut, oats and lemon zest are added to the apple filling for some extra warmth and zing. Pink Lady or Jazz apples are best for this recipe, but if you have Granny Smith apples in the pantry instead, give this decadent salted caramel apple pie a try.

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4-Ingredient leftover apple tarte tatin


4-ingredient leftover apple tarte tatin

Enjoy crisp, caramel flavours all season long. This classic French dessert is a great way to use up any apples that are going a bit soft — and it only requires four ingredients. You can also try making a tarte tatin with pears.

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dark chocolate, pear and hazelnut torte


Dark chocolate, pear & hazelnut torte

A chocolate lover’s dream, this pear cake is another great recipe for overripe fruit. Topped with hazelnut and pear, it’s the perfect dessert to make when you have some extra pears kicking around. Enjoy with extra melted chocolate drizzled over.

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pear & blue cheese fritters


Pear & blue cheese fritters

Shake up the beloved pear and blue cheese pairing with this two-step fritters recipe. Pear, blue cheese and chives are swirled into the fritter batter so every bite is loaded with flavour. Top the fritters with sour cream and extra pear and chives, or serve them with prosciutto and a drizzle of honey for a decadent twist.

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Apple crisps


Apple crisps

While apple and pear are easy to enjoy as a fresh snack, once they go a bit soft, you can try this quick preserving method for a whole new type of crispness. Just sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar and bake until crispy.

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Cheesy prosciutto, sage and apple tart


Cheesy prosciutto, sage & apple tart

You’ve made tarte tatin and apple pie, but now it’s time to turn your apples into a savoury tart. This simple recipe with gruyere and prosciutto is ready in just four steps and is sure to impress. Serve the salty-sweet dish with a side salad, or cut it into smaller bite-sized pieces for an easy canapé.

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classic baked apples


Classic baked apples

Enjoy these baked apples as a morning treat or a warming dessert. Apples are filled with cinnamon, oats and raisins and bake in their juices, creating a sticky, apple-infused caramel. Serve topped with the caramel sauce and a side of vanilla ice-cream.

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Chai-poached pears


Chai-poached pears

After you’ve baked, shredded and sliced, make sure you poach some fruit too this season. Try this chai-spiced recipe or these poached pears in red wine sauce. Serve them as-is over ice-cream, or use them in this waffles recipe.

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Gluten-free apple tea cake with caramel sauce


Gluten-free apple tea cake with caramel sauce

For a fuss-free dessert, try this gluten-free apple tea cake. Grated apple is added to the batter and sliced apple is dusted with cinnamon sugar and placed on top for flower-like decorations. Perfect with a cuppa, this apple cake is even more delicious with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

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Camembert, rocket and pear salad


Camembert, rocket & pear salad

We know that pear and blue cheese is a superb combo, and so is pear and camembert. This salad adds a bit of warmth to your meal thanks to its horseradish cream dressing. You can also level up the recipe by crumbing the cheese and serving with a side of spiced pear paste or mango chutney.

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Pork loin cutlets with pear and fennel braise


Pork loin cutlets with pear & fennel braise

Continuing with delicious savoury pairings, adding cooked apples or pears to a pork dish brings that perfect autumnal touch. While apple sauce is often a go-to, you can up the ante with this recipe featuring braised pear and fennel. Or try more delectable pairing options like a parsnip and apple mash or apple slaw with pulled pork sliders.

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Apple, rhubarb and pecan crumble


Apple, rhubarb & pecan crumble

Another favourite apple dessert on the list, apple crumble can take all shapes and sizes. We love this recipe for its warming flavours from maple syrup, pecan and cinnamon and the zing of rhubarb. Discover more crumbles to make this autumn, like this apple crumble with sweet potato, an apple crumble pie or this pear overnight oats crumble, perfect for brekkie.

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Apple turnover


Apple turnovers

This cinnamon-spiced apple turnovers recipe is great to make with kids. You won’t even need the oven. Apples, sultanas, cinnamon and sugar are encased in flaky pastry then made in a jaffle maker. They’ll be ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes. So simple and so delicious.

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