One reason I am particularly fond of the fall is the idea of spending a sunny, crisp Saturday afternoon at the apple orchard. The irony, though, is that I haven't actually been to an apple orchard to pick apples since I was a wee young lass.
Toward the end of the summer I though to myself, This is the year I will finally make it to the apple orchard. And suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it's the middle of October. Where is the time going?!
Instead, I decided that a bag of freshly picked apples from my mom would have to suffice for the time being so that I could make one of my favorite fall recipes - applesauce.
Nothing like a bowl of warm, homemade applesauce to accompany an autumnal meal by the fire on a crisp, blustery evening indoors. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes? Squash, anyone?
8 tart apples, Honeycrisp is always a good option
1 C water
1 C sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
First, peel all of your apples, get rid of the cores, and cut them in to quarters. Bring the water and apples to a boil, stirring the apples occasionally to ensure that all apples are softening.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, again stirring occasionally and breaking the apples when they become tender. I prefer mine to be the consistency of chunky applesauce, but you can also continue stirring / breaking the apples until completely smooth.
Stir in remaining ingredients, heat to boiling, boil and stir 1 minute. Super easy, just a bit time consuming.
You'll never eat Mott's again.