Maybe your New Year’s resolution to eat more fruit isn’t going as well as you planned. Squeeze in a serving of apples with some of these delicious treats. By Annie Reuter.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ Salted Caramel Apple Pie
439 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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A Brooklyn staple, Four & Twenty Blackbirds prides itself in using local, seasonal apples in their popular Salted Caramel Apple Pie. “The longer the fruit stays on the tree to ripen the better,” co-owner Emily Elsen told CBSNewYork. Made with homemade sea salt caramel, allspice, cinnamon, black or white pepper, Angosturra bitters, butter, flower, salt, brown and white sugar, the pie’s sweet consistency has customers coming back for more. “We hope that everyone who comes through our door relaxes, enjoys a slice and has a better day because of it,” Elsen said.
Baked’s Vanilla Bean Caramel Apple
359 Van Brunt Street Brooklyn, New York
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For a grown-up take on a tasty caramel apple, head to Baked in Red Hook for their Vanilla Bean Caramel Apples. Hand made fresh daily in their Brooklyn establishment, it is quite the process to perfect the mixture. Ingredients include heavy cream, vanilla bean, sugar, light corn syrup and unsalted butter along with ice to accommodate the pot with the caramel mixture. If vanilla bean caramel apples aren’t your thing, Baked omits the vanilla bean and instead adds pure maple extract for a delightful maple caramel apple.
Sweet Melissa Patisserie’s Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
175 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn, NY
This is the ideal indulgence for a chilly weekend brunch. Sweet Melissa’s Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is made from the bakery’s own croissants, brioche and baguettes. The breads are cubed and lightly toasted so that they are a bit dry and able to soak up as much of the luxurious vanilla creme brulee base as possible. Caramelized granny smith apples are layered in the center and the bread pudding is then slowly baked in a hot water bath to ensure gentle even cooking, and that the custard stays creamy. Topped with a caramel rum raisin sauce over a warm slice of bread pudding.
Tu-Lu’s Bakery’s Cinnamon Apple Cupcake
338 East 11th Street, New York, NY
Tu-Lu’s is a fan favorite for NYC’s gluten-free crowd. Their Cinnamon Apple Cupcake features cinnamon apple buttercream on apple-spiced cake. The batter is dairy-free and consists of a special gluten free flour blend, apples, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. If doughnuts are more enticing, Tu-Lu’s gluten-free/dairy-free Apple Cider Doughnuts with a Cardamom Cider glaze are another apple-based sweet treat.
The Little Pie Company’s Sour Apple Walnut Cream Pie
424 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
This decadent slice of pie is a best seller at this Hell’s Kitchen establishment. Handmade with granny smith apples and sour cream, it’s topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel.
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Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and music blogger. She is the founder and head writer of YouSingIWrite.com.