Since I've been processing all our crab apple harvest, I took a few minutes to look up what I could find on Apples...
First the Helps:
To Bake Apples Quickly - Core apples and prepare for baking as usual; put them in water and boil till soft (about 10 minutes); remove, and place in a baking-pan, pouring some of the water over them in which they were boiled; sprinkle with sugar as usual. Put them in a hot oven about five minutes to brown. This requires less than one-half the usual time. When baking apples, prick the skins with a fork and they will not burst.
Apples Baked with Honey - Prepare apples just as for sugar; for six to eight apples use four tablespoons of honey and mix with one cup of fine bread crumbs and 1/2 tablespoon each of cinnamon and lemon extract. Fill apples, after peeling and coring, with the mixture and bake in a well-greased, porcelain-lined baking dish. Other delicious changes from sugar-filled apples are: Fill the cavities with hone and broken walnut meats; chopped raisins and nuts, or dates.
When Making Apple Sauce, instead of straining it, beat it with an eggbeater; it will be more fluffy and saves time. If you wish apple sauce to be smooth, add the sugar toward the last; much less sugar is require when it is added just before removing from the stove; if you wish apples to keep their shape, put the sugar in at the beginning. Adding a little lemon juice improves the flavor.
To Peel Apples Easily - Pour boiling water over apples to be cooked; they will peel much easier and it saves much time.
When Peeling Apples for dumplings or stewing, etc., to prevent them from getting brown and soft put them in a basin with cold water and a little salt as each one is cut up.
Apple Corer - The small end of a funnel will serve as an emergency apple corer.
Apple Buying - Look at label for grade, variety and size. For general cooking and eating: Stayman, McIntosh, Grimes-Golden, Spetzenburge, Jonathan, Northern Spy, Wealthy, Wagener, Baldwin. Choice for baking: Tolman Sweet, Stayman, Rome Beauty, ARkansas or Black Twig. Choice for pie and sauce: Stayman, York Imperial, Rhode Island Greening, Northwest Greening, Black Twig, Ben Davis, Stark.
Apple Pie - Grate cheese and sprinkle over the crust before taking pie from oven. The cheese will melt and add flavor to the pie.
Pickling Crab Apples - If baked before dropping in syrup the apples are more tender.