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The 10 Best Apples for Baking

Don't leave your apple selection to chance for your next baking adventure. Here are the 10 best apples for baking, sure to hold up to the heat of your oven.


Tips

How to Pit & Slice Fresh Mango

To get the most fruit out of fresh mango, it helps to know what's going on under the skin. Here's how best to slice and dice it.

How to Cut Fresh Pineapple

Quickly cut pineapple into bite-sized pieces with these simple steps — no fancy coring equipment needed.

How to Juice Limes

Tired of squeezing citrus only to get a little juice? It's easy to get the most out of your limes with this fast tip.

How to Toast Coconut

No matter how you go about it, toasting coconut immediately pumps up the flavor of whatever dish you add it to.

How to Pit & Dice a Mango

The anatomy of a mango makes it a little tricky to dice, but this quick method makes the process simple.

How to Peel Peaches

If you don't already know the best way to peel fresh peaches, this tip will change your outlook on cooking with the juicy fruit.


How-To's

Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.


Recipes

Mincemeat with Walnuts

When it comes to planning a holiday party, appetizers are often at the top of the list. Because they’re bite-sized and individually portioned, they’re the easiest type of food to prepare and eat.

A selection of cheeses is a simple way to fill the table, and a variety of textures and flavors makes the spread enticing. Then, because fruit and cheese are a classic combination, transform the cheese plate into something really special by serving it with homemade mincemeat and crackers. Simply simmer dried fruits with citrus and spices, then finish with brandy and toasted walnuts to make a festive and tasty accompaniment.

Fig & Red Wine Jam

Homemade Fig & Red Wine Jam makes a wonderful sweet-and-savory treat — and a great holiday gift to give away to friends and family. The warm, bright flavors of red wine, orange, and cinnamon balance the sweetness of ripe, fresh figs in this easy jam recipe. Sweet from honey — but not cloyingly so — this jam goes well with cheeses, on toast or crackers, or as a sauce to serve with pork or chicken.

Apple-Pear Tarts with Caramel Sauce

Top apples and pears with caramel and you’ll devour this autumn tart in no time. And no one needs to know just how simple this fall dessert is to make. Purchased puff pastry keeps things easy, plus it’s delicious right from the oven or at room temperature.

Berry Almond Crostata

This berry-filled crostata not only tastes like summer, but with its free form, it’s got that great casual vibe, too. Topped with crunchy almonds and sparkling sugar, this dessert hits all the right notes.

Panna Cotta with Blackberries

Panna cotta is a molded, chilled dessert of cream, sugar, and gelatin to set. With roots in Italy, it's easy to make and should be prepared in advance. Our version incorporates coconut milk for a tropical twist. Try not to feel like you’re on an island vacation when you indulge in this decadent treat. Fresh fruits are a no-brainer when it comes to making mouthwatering desserts so why not add fresh blackberries when in season?

Bourbon Peach Crisp with Pecan Streusel

If there’s one fruit that’s at the heart and soul of summer, it’s peaches. Biting into the soft flesh is like encountering a giant wave of flavorful juiciness. And when they’re ripe and fragrant, time is of the essence, because this fleeting season will come and go before you know it. No matter how contemporary the world gets, old-fashioned desserts, like peach crisps, are here to stay. With a bourbon-enhanced peach filling and a crunchy, buttery topping, this crisp will be a hit at any summer gathering.

Plum & Cherry Shrub Punch

Savor the fresh fruit of summer with this Plum & Cherry Shrub Punch. A shrub is a concentrated combination of fruit, sugar and vinegar, used to flavor cocktails. They require a bit of time to marinate, so make sure to plan ahead when making this recipe.

Mixed Berry & Cornmeal Slump

Named for their slumpy appearance, slumps and their kin, grunts and cobblers, are all rustic, juicy, cooked fruit desserts topped with a biscuit-like crust. With just one bite, you’ll dive right in. This slump recipe mixes blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, taking full advantage of the bounty of summer fruit.

Traditionally, both slumps and grunts are cooked on the stove top (to avoid turning on the oven in the summer). But slumps can also be baked, making them more like a cobbler. And while there’s much debate about the similarities and differences among these fruit desserts, one thing is clear, start with fresh fruit, and to avoid a tough topping, don’t overwork the dough. All in all, whatever name you give it, you’re gonna love it.

Plum Upside-Down Cake with Brown Butter & Orange

Cast iron isn’t used exclusively for savory dishes. It’s the perfect cookware for creating stunning, rustic desserts as well. There’s no better way to caramelize fruit, like for this Plum Upside-Down Cake, flavored with brown butter and orange.

Melon & Blackberry Salad

With honey and lemon, this fruit salad is both sweet and tart. And cayenne gives it just a little kick. Serve with any light al fresco dinner, like this Crab Salad BLT.

Frozen Peach Daiquiris

When the weather is stifling, there’s no better way to cool off than by blending up a batch of frozen Peach Daiquiris.