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Expert Guide

9 Ways to Make Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Apple pie gets all the love, but apple cakes are homier and (often) less fussy. Here are nine takes on an apple cake to try this weekend.

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Seasonal Muse

Share Photos of Apple Cakes, Pies, Trees and More

Country Apple Galette Recipe

F&W's November ingredient obsession is apples and we're apple-spotting on Instagram with the hashtag #FWMuse.

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Drink This Now

Apple Absinthe and More Complex Pours for Fall

Uncouth Vermouth Dry-Hopped Vermouth

The blushing skin and crisp, sweet aroma of a fresh apple is as much a symbol of autumn as a knitted scarf. Apples get a lot of play when the weather cools, baked into buttery pies or juiced and mulled with cinnamon sticks for warm cider. But the fruit also has a long history in distillation. And for those of us who prefer to drink our apple-a-day, fall is a great time to explore these complex pours. Read more >

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Test Kitchen Tip

Introducing SweeTango Apples

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SweeTango Apples

Courtesy of SweeTango

Nothing heralds fall like the first bite of a fragrant local apple. This season’s highly anticipated new fruit on the block is the uncommonly crisp SweeTango apple. Developed over 10 years at the University of Minnesota, it is a cross between the much-loved Honeycrisp and Zestar varieties. Mottled red and yellowish-green, SweeTangos have distinctively large cell walls that burst against the teeth, releasing tart-sweet juice. An early-season apple, it is certain to disappear by late October.

Licensed growers are limited to those in Next Big Thing, A Growers’ Cooperative, which means that the standards of quality are strictly regulated and that you probably won’t find SweeTangos at your farmers’ market. However, as supplies grow each year, these apples will become more widely available. For now, if you spot one at select grocery stores across the country, snap it up! While it’s primarily a really good eating apple, SweeTango cooks beautifully in recipes like Grace Parisi’s fantastic Apple Blintz Hand Pies.

Related: Gorgeous Apple Desserts
Terrific Apple Recipes

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