|Source: Southern Diva Journal|
All of these small, yet glorious, celebrations of the season usually go to my head, and before I know it, I'm home with 25 pounds of apples. In a panic, I break out the cookbooks and begin extensive searches online, in an effort to find everything and anything I might cook or bake containing apples.
This year, though, the orchards were sparse, yielding apples no bigger than a child's fist. We searched in vain for the beautiful apples we came to expect. This disappointment led to a small take-home bag, which leads me to an entirely different problem as I search for apple recipes this year. I have to be discriminating, because I have enough apples for just two recipes. They've got to be good.
The first on the list? Applesauce. I know applesauce seems a bit mundane, but I have my reasons:
- My kids love homemade applesauce, and it couldn't be healthier. When our specially made applesauce is in the refrigerator, the calls for Cheez-its at snack time subside. As a parent, this makes me fall warm and fuzzy inside
- Applesauce made with fresh, local apples doesn't compare to anything you can buy in the store. It's truly delicious
- Applesauce is easy to make. Since I'm a lazy cook, this is always a top priority.
If you haven't tried making applesauce with your bounty before, I urge you to try it. Here's what I do:
- Peel and core 8 medium sized apples
- Slice each apple to make 16 pieces
- In a large saucepan, combine apples with 1 cup of water and 1 tsp cinnamon
- Set pan over medium-high heat
- When apples begin to soften, mash with potato masher. If you prefer smooth sauce, puree in a food processor