I love Autumn apples. Then again I love Autumn period. As you may have noticed I tend to wax and wane in poetic excess at the change of any season particularly when Fall rolls around. And as it turns out I love apples. I could wax and wane in poetic excess about apples too. But I will spare you, for now. Sort of.
Part of our traditions around welcoming this time of year have come to include apple picking. I love freshly picked apples and the kids feel so proud of their harvest. Last week Mr. J went with his Scout pack (& I hope we all make it as a family once this season too!) and he did not fail us on bringing home a great bounty of apples. As a result of this bounty of apples we had to get to apple recipe makin’ time. The kids got to washing and helping Momma core, peel and cut time. We set up an assembly line it was so much fun. I loved being able to sit with the kids while we were peeling and have Mr. J tell us all about his apple adventures. We also talked about Pinocchio, which is in our book rotation, and the lessons we are learning from his journey.
While we were getting our apples ready we decided on a few recipes to use our bounty on. We were ready to rediscover the joys of fresh apple spice bread! Along with homemade applesauce. Making applesauce is so simple that I don’t know why it took me years of buying it before I tried to make it. It has now become a staple of the Autumn season here at our house.
It is easy to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe below. For example I had twice this made because I made a bigger batch to cook with, eat plain and add into oatmeal.
What You Need:
*6 Small Apples
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Nutmeg (optional)
3/4 Cup of Water
**1/4 Cup of Sugar (you can use either granulated sugar or light brown)
Makes about 3–4 Cups of Applesauce
How To Put It All Together:
Peel, core and 1/4 your apples. Toss them in a pot with all of the ingredients. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20 minutes or until apples are soft. If need be cook a little longer.
Once your apples are soft enough to mash & mash them. Mash ‘em real good. I use a potato masher. You could use a food processor or blender too. But a masher is easy and you get a little arm exercise in.
Then eat up!
And a few caveats may also apply to the above recipe.
*Kinds of apples may vary, good choices include (but are not limited too): Red Delicious, McIntosh, Ida Red, Gala, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy. I like to toss a mix when making a large batch up. **If you are using sweeter apples you can leave out the sugar entirely if you want.
Good spices to add in addition to really have a taste of Fall are cloves and ginger (1/8 teaspoon each). It really has a warm Autumnal vibe to it when you do this. And a tablespoon of lemon juice adds another depth of flavor if you have it on hand.