We’re sharing more apple recipes from our new Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook as a salute to this year’s bountiful crop of Michigan apples. If these free samples make your mouth water, here’s how to get the book.
What are the best apples for cooking? As evidenced by the B&B apple recipes in our book, Granny Smiths are a go-to apple, perhaps because they
hold their shape, are available year-round, and possess a predictable tartness and consistency. But fall is the time to find and try other great Michigan apples for baking, such as Cortland, Ida Red, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Paula Red, and Rome.
When you click on one of the following recipes, you also can read more about the Michigan B&B where it is served.
For cooks with no time or refrigerator space for make-ahead breakfast recipes, a Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast served at Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea, is prepared the same morning it’s served. The dish includes cream cheese and milk, but the innkeepers tell how it can be made dairy-free and gluten-free, too.
The Inn at Orchard Road, Holland, offers an Apple Dumplings recipe that you make ahead, freeze as 10 individual entrees, and bake as needed.
Caramel Apple Strata, a favorite of guests at Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast, celebrates the happy marriage of tart apples, pecans and caramel.
Change up the tastes with a savory apple recipe. Try the Apple-Bacon Egg Bake submitted by the innkeepers at Wind in the Pines B&B, Traverse City. In addition to the ingredients named in the title, the recipe incorporates hash browns, onion, cheddar and sour cream.
Three Michigan bed and breakfasts make variations on a cake, each using similar ingredients but in different proportions. At Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods, Holland, an old family recipe for German Apple Cake uses Granny Smith apples and is served at breakfast. Karen Way of Pentwater Abbey B&B serves her German Apple Cake as a dessert and prefers using Jonagolds in it. Jan Rochefort of Hankerd Inn, Pleasant Lake, says her Jewish Apple Cake fills the kitchen with an enticing aroma as it bakes. (Too bad this isn’t a scratch-and-sniff blog.)
Try these other great apple recipes for breakfast and beyond:
- An Apple Coffee Cake recipe (Hexagon House B&B, Pentwater) that makes two loaves. Freeze one for later, the innkeepers suggest.
- Moist and tasty Gluten-Free Apple Muffins (Historic Webster House, Bay City). You won’t miss the wheat flour, we promise.
- Apple Dapple Cake (A Country Place B&B, South Haven), prepared in a tube pan. Love the name.
- An Apple Butter (Butler Bed and Breakfast, Lexington) that blends whatever apples you have on hand.
- Hot Spiced Cider (Sandtown Farmhouse B&B, Engadine) to warm up a cold winter evening.
The innkeepers at Sandtown B&B use apples grown right on their own farm. Fortunately for the rest of us, the perfect Michigan apples for this recipe and the others in this post are as close as your farmers market or locally-sourced grocery.
Did you miss the other apple recipes from the cookbook that we shared on our website? Click here.
Guest blogger Sandy White, innkeeper at Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Port Huron, said she gained five pounds earlier this year while editing recipes for the book as co-chair of the project.