Monday, September 29, 2014

'Tis the Season: Homemade Apple Sauce

My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with friends' posts about their apple-picking adventures since the middle of September.  We never made it to the orchard, but I managed to do what I consider the next-best-thing: 

I made my first batch of homemade apple sauce!
I bought a big bag at the grocery store of Gala apples that came from local growers.  I chose my recipe from the blog of Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman.  It looked quick and used simple ingredients:  just apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, apple juice, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Peeling the apples was the lengthiest part of the process, since I don't have a nifty apple peeling machine.  (I might have to track one of these down for next fall!) 

As I was doing it, I remembered something from elementary school:  You say the alphabet while you are peeling around and around the apple, and try to get one long continuous peel.  Wherever the peel cuts off early, that's the letter of the last name of the man you will marry!  Based on my luck, it's amazing my husband's last name doesn't start with a "B"!  You can see all the little chunks of peel in my photo...not too much of a continuous peel to be seen!
All of the ingredients spent 25 minutes cooking together in a big pot on the stove, getting softer and softer, smelling more and more fabulous.
I finished by pureeing it all in a blender, and was ready to serve the most delicious hot apple sauce I have ever tasted in my life.
My girls are used to unsweetened store-bought apple sauce, and found the homemade version a little too sweet for their taste.  (Crazy coming from kids, right?)  But I'm sticking with this recipe, because it tasted truly amazing! 

Many thanks to the Pioneer Woman for introducing this great new recipe into my repertoire!

Happy Apple Season, y'all!

3 comments:

Anne said...

What a great description! I remember how welcoming the whole house smelled when the apples and spices started simmering. I think we used a combination of Rome and Golden Delicious but Gala sounds better. We added some cardamon also.
It freezes really well in plastic freezer bags so you can enjoy it all year 'round.

Caatje said...

When I make apple sauce I simply boil and puree them only sligtly (so it's a bit chunky which I like) and it's done. No added anything and still really delicious. But yours seems yummy too. I do love cinammon and apples together. I was surprised the first time I made it that something so simple could be so good. Homemade applesause beats store bought any day! ;-)

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay, that's the richest-looking, smoothest-looking applesauce I've ever seen! It sounds amazing.