16 Apple Desserts, From Pies to Crumbles to Cake

The crisp, crunchy fruit is perfect in a number of versatile sweets

Keep it classic with an apple pie or trying baking the fruit into a Norman custard—apple is one versatile fruit.

Apple Crumble with Hot Custard
Apple Crumble with Hot Custard
We enjoyed this warm and comforting dessert while visiting a sheep farm in new Zealand. Get the recipe for Apple Crumble with Hot Custard »Matt Taylor-Gross
Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados
Sesame Honey Roasted Apples
Sweet apples are roasted until caramelized in honey and butter, then marinated in their cooking juices along with Calvados and sesame for a simple but surprisingly complex quick weeknight dessert. Get the recipe for Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados »Farideh Sadeghin
Baked Apple Terrine with Calvados
Baked Apple Terrine with Calvados
Calvados, an apple brandy made from double-distilled apple cider aged in oak barrels, is generally made from highly tannic apples. Guillouet-Huard likes to use it to underscore the flavor of sweet cooking apples. Get the recipe for Baked Apple Terrine with Calvados »Matt Taylor-Gross
Apple and Armagnac Phyllo Pie
Apple and Armagnac Phyllo Pie (Tourtière Landaise)
The crust of this striking dessert—named for Les Landes, the region where it is beloved and ubiquitous—curls up into jagged shards as it cooks, like a crown. Get the recipe for Apple and Armagnac Phyllo Pie (Tourtière Landaise) »Michelle Heimerman
Apple Pandowdy
At Boston's Durgin-Park, squares of buttery crust are pressed into a simmering apple filling partway through cooking to soak up the spiced sauce in this old-school dessert. Get the recipe for Apple Pandowdy »Romulo Yanes
Bouchon's Apple Pie
Bouchon's Apple Pie
Classic apple pie gets an upgrade at Las Vegas' Bouchon Bakery, where pastry chef Scott Wheatfill tops a flaky sweet crust with housemade apple butter and almond cream. The result is a delicate, refined tart with a creamy interior and a concentrated spicy flavor. Get the recipe for Bouchon's Apple Pie »Eilon Paz
applesauce cake recipe
Spice Applesauce Cake
Applesauce adds moisture and sweet apple flavor in a lovely cinnamon-spiced, autumnal cake. Get the recipe for Spice Applesauce Cake »Tim Mazurek
Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake
Nanny's Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake
With a streusel topping and pie-like dough, this Rosh Hashanah apple dessert is half cake, half pie. Get the recipe for Nanny's Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake »Matt Taylor-Gross
Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie, holiday pie recipes
Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie
Rosemary adds a subtle, herbal undertone to a gooey caramel sauce that gets stirred into tart apples in this sophisticated yet all-American dessert. Get the recipe for Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie »Matt Taylor-Gross
Maman's Apple Tart
Famed French chef Jacques Pepin inherited this recipe from his mother. Get the recipe for Maman's Apple Tart »Todd Coleman
Caramelized Apple Omelet
Caramelized Apple Omelet (Omelette Sucrée à la Normande)
This classic Norman dessert showcases some of the best products of the region: apples, calvados, and milk. Top with a dollop of crème fraîche, if you like. Get the recipe for Caramelized Apple Omelet (Omelette Sucrée à la Normande) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
A deep-dish pie is packed with both sweet and tart apples to balance the rich, salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie »Andrew Ingalls
Blackberry and Apple Cake
What do you get when you cross two classic English desserts, sponge cake and summer pudding? A moist cake loaded with ripe fruit. Get the recipe for Blackberry and Apple Cake »James Oseland
Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes
Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes
This recipe, from Fore Street restaurant in Portland, Maine, calls for using six 4" steel blini pans. But you can make a single cake in an 8" cast-iron skillet, if you prefer. If fresh or frozen cranberries aren't available, use reconstituted dried berries. Get the recipe for Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes »Khushbu Shah
Apple-Rosemary Lattice Pie
Apple-Rosemary Lattice Pie
A rosemary-laced cornmeal crust adds a fragrant, savory dimension to classic apple pie. Get the recipe for Apple-Rosemary Lattice Pie »James Roper
Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie
Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie
A crust of finely ground gingersnap cookie crumbs adds delicious crunch to a pie of caramel-drizzled, maple-apple ice cream. Get the recipe for Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie »Maxime Iattoni