You guys. I have to find lots of stuff to do since the baby has apparently taken up a permanent residence in my body and I’m stranded at home without a car. I’ve been reading, writing, organizing & cleaning like crazy, taking the dog for a million walks, and dancing around the kitchen while cooking to try to get this baby movin’!
So, I decided to make some applesauce. Since we went to the Public Market on Saturday, we got about 25 apples for $4… Waaaay more than we can eat before they’d go bad. Plus, if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I guess I really don’t want to have anything to do with apples. But oh well. Applesauce is already made.
I looked up a few recipes online, but some of these people are crazy. For example, “Run cooked apples through a food mill to remove skins and seeds.” Umm what?! You really think I have one of those? Then I remembered that I have the Joy of Cooking sitting on my bookshelf, so I just went for that instead of listening to crazy people.
3 lbs peeled, sliced Empire apples (~6 cups). 1/2 cup water. 2 tbsp lemon juice. 1 – 3″ cinnamon stick. Combine in a saucepan and simmer for 25 minutes until the apples start to fall apart.
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and turn the heat up to medium until it thickens.
Then, I chose to mash the apples up a little more. But, you don’t have to, or you could puree them… Whatever you want 🙂 Just don’t forget to take the cinnamon stick out!
I also chose to add a teaspoon of cinnamon… Because really, applesauce always needs more cinnamon.
And now I’m happily eating applesauce, daydreaming of one day having a baby. Which hopefully will be in the near future. Like, really near future.
- 3 lbs Empire apples, about 6 cups chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 – 3″ cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Peel and slice all of the apples, removing core and seeds.
- Place apples, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and water in large pot. Simmer for ~25 minutes, or until apples start to fall apart.
- Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and bring heat to medium until mixture thickens.
- Mash or puree apples further if desired. Add additional 1 tsp of cinnamon.