The smells of Oktoberfest are ripe in the air around these parts. To go with the potato pancakes, today we made homemade applesauce from orchard apples we picked a little over a week ago.
This venture was initially started with the mini-ions and Mini-ion #1’s best friend. I had this great vision of all of them first cleaning the apples, then I bought them each a peeler so they would peel the apples, cut them and then stir all the ingredients.
All three of them cleaned their apple (success!) and started eating it. Ok, that’s fine. I have more. Then two of the three repeatedly tried to bite into the next apple they were cleaning. Mercifully at the peeling stage, they all started to give up. Mini-ion #1 peeled about two pieces of one apple, started to give up, but I got him back in the game when I told him he could chop. After chopping half an apple, he was done to, and it was left to the best friend’s mommy and I to prepare the rest of the apples and get the sauce going. Luckily, she is an expert peeler, I’m an expert chopper, and two batches of applesauce were quickly simmering away.
I don’t know where I got my applesauce recipe, but my dear husband says it is the best applesauce he has ever had. That is high praise after tasting his grandmother’s applesauce. I made this in the early years of our marriage, back when I was trying to be “super-wife” and it has been a yearly treat ever since.
DH’s Favorite Applesauce
8 medium apples (I use orchard apples, generally a variety of types)
1-1/2 cups water
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1. Peel, core and dice the apples. Put in a large pot.
2. Cover with the remaining 5 ingredients. Stir to evenly coat the apples (don’t worry, it is enough water).
3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Mash it with a potato masher to get a good mix of mashed and chunky apples.
5. Store in the refrigerator or freezer
To me, this smells and tastes like fall. And the perfect accompaniment to potato pancakes. Enjoy!
- A cook made pancakes flippantly. (crumbsoffthetable.wordpress.com)
- Old School Canning (frugalpamom.wordpress.com)