I love apple season.
I buy the bags of apples marked .99 lb
I stick my nose in the bag and smell that
wonderful scent of apples…
I must look funny, but I don’t care.
I feel inspired to bake…
apple pie, turnovers, bread, and . . .
This is my first year making apple sauce.
My friend just happened to mention that she
was making apple sauce, and because she’s such a wonderful cook,
I asked her how she made it.
I always thought it would be a complicated process,
too difficult for someone like me who usually does
the quick & easy recipes.
But I couldn’t believe how easy and simple
the entire process was.
I just washed, cored, and cut the apples into big chunks.
Yes, that’s right… you don’t have to peel them!!!
That alone is what inspired me to try this recipe.
I combined a half cup of brown sugar,
a sprinkling of ground cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
and tossed the apples with this mixture
along with 10 Red Hot candies.
I then added 2 cinnamon sticks,
one tablespoon of vanilla,
and 2-3 star anise
to the big pot (with the one inch of water).
Just before the water began to boil,
I poured in the apples,
and covered the pot.
I waited til the water boiled,
then I turned the temperature down to a very low simmer
and left it on the burner for about 2 hours,
stirring once in a while.
The whole house smelled of cinnamon and apples!
When the apples were of apple sauce consistency
…you might like yours more chunky or less chunky…
I turned the stove off and let them sit until
they weren’t hot any more… just warm.
I had never had warm applesauce…
but I just couldn’t wait to try it!
… so … I did
and it was delicious!!
I was surprised how good it tasted.
I guess I really didn’t expect it to be better
than the store-boought.
But it was!!
This weekend I went back and bought another 2 bags of apples.
Guess what I’m doing today? :)
I froze most of the apple sauce I made
so it will stay fresh longer,
and I plan on making some to put in pretty jars
to give away.
Fun to make, good to eat, and great gift idea!
If you like apples,
now is a good time to take advantage of the sales!
Have a blessed week!