Sunday, October 19, 2008

Applesauce

Sorry to say that this is another one of those recipe-less posts that really is a recipe (sort of). If you have not made your own applesauce you are missing out on a real treat. Now, I like liquid invert sugar and high fructose corn syrup from store brands as much as the next guy, but with homemade you have absolute control over your sauce. Now is the time to make it, of course, with apples ripe and ready at the local orchard. Get an apple that will cook down easily (I like MacIntosh and HoneyCrisp). If you are not sure what is a good apple, ask someone at the orchard. A great way to get cheap apples is to but a bushel of windfalls (i.e. the apples that have fallen off the trees). They may not be pretty, but it does not matter when making applesauce. Once you have your apples, it's time to get cooking!


INGREDIENTS
- peeled, cored, and chopped apples
- lemon juice
- splash of water
- sugar
- cinnamon

METHOD
1. Place chopped apples in a large pot over med to med-hi heat. Add a few splashes of lemon juice (will keep apples from browning to much) and some sugar. If apples stick, add a splash of water. As apples begin to cook down, reduce heat, cover and let apples reduce to sauce (about 30-40 mins, depending on how many apples you use). Mash apples throughout the cooking process until you get the consistency you want (I like chunky).
2. Add sugar (brown/white) and cinnamon to taste.

OTHER APPLESAUCES WE HAVE MADE:
Cinnamon Brown Sugar: Go crazy with the cinnamon brown sugar and cinnamon for a rich apple sauce.
Raspberry (or Strawberry) Applesauce: Add fresh or frozen raspberries (or strawberries) with the apples. Sweeten with white sugar.
Pear-Ginger Applesauce: Pears also cook down quite easily. Sweeten with a mix of white and brown sugar. Add ground ginger, cinnamon, and a bit of nutmeg.