Here’s a funny little tidbit of Dana knowledge – I REFUSED to eat an apple until about 3 years ago. It’s true. I loved apple juice, sauce, pie, all things flavoured ‘apple’ but I could not stand the sound of biting into a raw apple. It’s not my fault! My father is a mad scientist of sound and he helped mold my brother and I into these weird little artsy music lovers. My brother has moved on to become a very talented musician and audio producer and I became the visual artist (with the weird apple fetish/fear).
So 3 years ago, Edie’s first teeth were popping through and she wanted to gnaw on everything. Brett very simply stated, “you have a child now, it’s time to get over this apple issue of yours.” He was right, so I did. And I’m very happy I did. I’m falling in love with apple for the first time and it’s spectacular. A freshly picked McIntosh apple, rubbed across your sweater and eaten in the field is a special kind of healthy moment. I still have issues puncturing the tarter breeds of apples, such as Granny Smith and Northern Spy but I have no dilemma with cooking them up in a spectacular pie. I have so many recipes planned for this fall, I just hope there’s enough time to post them all (you know, between the making, the smelling, the eating and eating and eating!) It’s apple season – a time to celebrate! So glad I’ve joined the party.
Let’s start the season off with one of the simplest routes to enjoying local apples -apple sauce. I prepared a few jars of this recipe this afternoon and it took all of my will to break out of a blissful daze and continue with my household chores, rather than curling under a blanket with a great book. This apple sauce is pure autumn comfort. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Homemade Apple Sauce
This recipe is for about 4 servings, simply double or triple amounts if you need more.
- 4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a large saucepan, combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir over medium heat for about 3 minutes, while the apples soften. Add water. Cover, and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork, potato masher or hand blender.
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