In this post, I share the best recipes for Anna apples. Anna apple trees are a remarkable fruit tree. They need only 200 chill hours and thrive in mild-winter climates like the low desert of Arizona.
If you are growing an Anna apple tree and are wondering the best ways to use the apples, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve grown Anna apples in our yard for over 10 years, and look forward to the abundant harvests of sweet, crisp, flavorful apples each year.
No Anna apples? No worries! Substitute Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold apples in any of the recipes.
1. Make dehydrated apple chips with Anna apples
Although this is a simple way to preserve the Anna apples, it’s one of our favorites. One batch of apple chips is often consumed before the next batch is finished. A family favorite for sure!
- Rinse apples.
- Remove core (I use this corer to make the job simple) and slice into 1/8 inch rings.
- Soak briefly in bowl full of water with 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Layer on dehydrating trays. (I use this one – it’s inexpensive and has lasted for years.)
- Dehydrate on 150℉ for 10-12 hours (or until desired crispness is achieved).
- Store in glass jars with good fitting lids. Keeps well for 4-6 months. Crisper apples store longer than more chewy apples.
2. Use Anna apples to make applesauce
Homemade applesauce is a delicious way to preserve Anna apples. The best part of homemade applesauce is the taste – it tastes so fresh! It doesn’t have the mushy texture and bland flavor of canned applesauce from the store. You can also adjust the sweetness level to your taste.
This is the recipe I use for homemade applesauce. As with all canning, follow instructions carefully for food safety. It’s easier than you think with the right tools. I use this food strainer from Norpro.
3. Preserve Anna apples by canning peeled apple slices
Having organic, peeled, and sliced apples in your pantry is so convenient. It simplifies adding apples to your favorite recipes and baked goods.
4. German apple pancakes - This is the best recipe for Anna apples you will find!
This is the recipe my kids request for their birthday breakfast more than any other. The rich flavor of eggs and cinnamon and apples comes together in a delicious way. If you have canned apples, the recipe is even easier. No canned apples? Fresh is delicious too.
German Apple Pancakes
* (makes a large batch – can be halved)
½ cup butter
6-8 fresh peeled, sliced apples or 2 quarts canned apples (juice drained)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
Melt butter in a large oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until apples are cooked and mixture becomes caramelized. Turn off heat. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Next, in blender combine:
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons salt
Blend flour, milk, eggs, and salt until smooth. Pour over cooked apple mixture in skillet. Place the oven safe skillet in preheated 375°F oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Pancake should be golden and puffy. Check middle for doneness (should be solid, not runny). Top with your choice of powdered sugar, syrup, and whipped cream.
5. Use Anna apples in apple pie
No list of the best recipes for Anna apples would be complete without a recipe for apple pie.
The flavor and consistency of Anna apples is similar to Jonagold apples and lends itself to apple pie. This is the recipe we love to use for apple pie.