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Happy Halloween with apples!



[Lanterns Made of Carved Apples]

Speaking of Halloween, people often think of popular Jack-O-Lanterns as a matter of course. We, Apple University, propose lanterns made of apples.

It is simple to engrave your favorite pattern on the surface. We would suggest applying lemon juice on the carved flesh to avoid discoloration of the fruit.




You can enjoy the art work as a decoration during the daytime. Let it turn into a lantern at night. Lastly make yourself a baked apple. Now you can appreciate three stages of enjoyment with just one apple.


Why not have fun with a different kind of “Apple Halloween” this year using Aomori apples?




[Cooking with Apples]

In Japan we have a set picture of Halloween pumpkin dishes. But in foreign countries where they harvest apples in this season, it is popular to appreciate apple dishes as well. They often make stewed apples and pies.

It is perfect to have such an event in Hirosaki, “The Apple Kingdom”. Here is a recipe using the best seasonal fruit, apples, for Halloween.


Real Romanian Apple Pie Recipe 

new6s.pngEveryone agrees that the most famous apple dessert in the world is apple pie. We’d like to introduce a different kind of Romanian apple pie. The crust, made with yogurt, is a little sour and moist, and the filling has a crunchy texture with apple skins and a taste of cinnamon.



Ingredients to make a 30cm pie


 500g Cake flour
 200g Bread flour
 250g Plain Yogurt
 300g Sugar
 250g Vegetable oil
 4 Eggs
 2 drops of vanilla essence
 2 drops of lemon essence
 10g Baking power
 5 Apples
 30g Butter
 100g Ground walnut
 50g Sugar
 10g Cinnamon
 10g Butter
 Cake flour to dust the pie pan
 Powder sugar to dust the pie


  1. Core the apples and slice into short and thin pieces with skins on. Soak in light salty water. Cut into small cubes, like chopped onions.

  2. Melt butter in a pan and add apples, sugar ground walnuts and cinnamon. Cook until all water evaporates. Remove the pan from heat to cool.

  3. Put all pastry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Adjust the softness of the dough with the yogurt.

  4. Butter the pie pan and dust with flour. Pour half of the pastry mixture into the pan and bake for 30 min. at 180 degree C.

  5. Put the cooled “2” into “4” and spread evenly. Cover with the rest of the pastry mixture.

  6. Bake at 200 degrees C for 10 min., reduce the heat to 180 degrees C and bake a further 20 to 30 min. Sprinkle with powder sugar and serve.


    *It’s customary to eat apple pie with ice cream in Romania.






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Fresh Apple Dressing

It is getting really hot around this time of the year isn't it? How is everything? When the weather is like this you want to eat something refreshing, is that right? Today I am going to introduce you a delicious dressing made from apples that goes well with this season's green vegetables. This salad dressing is truly refreshing!


Ingredients (serves four)
1/2 apple
1/2 lemon
1/2 celery
50cc apple vinegar
 1  tablespoon of olive oil
 1  teaspoon of honey
a little black pepper
a pinch of salt



①Mix the shredded apple and celery with lemon juice (Before the color changes)

②Add the other ingredients in a ball and mix well

③Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Preparing time takes less than 10 minutes.
The combination of fresh apple and vinegar gives the recipe a new,  flavour you will love. The flavour pops and livens up your usual salad.
The dressing goes well with salad or grilled pork,
You can put it in an empty bottle and store it in the refrigerator for even a week! Enjoy!