Hope you had a lovely weekend! A. and I have been very lazy and have hardly left the couch... we finally got Tivo installed and it has completely sucked us in! I thought the idea was that you can record shows while you're not home, well it's had the opposite effect on us. I did make it away from the TV for a few hours yesterday to do a little work in the kitchen. I cleaned all the cabinets, the fridge, moved pots and pans around, threw out old spices, and even created a cabinet of Fido jars to house all of our dry goods - flours, sugars, salts, herbs, and oats all in their own jar. I love it...a little Fall cleaning was much in order!
I realized I had a big bowl of apples from last week's farmer's market. I decided they had to be used up before we go apple picking in a couple of weeks and come back with more piles. Get ready for apple season: tarts, pies, upside down cakes, and of course: apple sauce! So I decided to make apple sauce, mostly because I love it (...a little weird but I actually buy Gerber's all the time as an after dinner dessert), but also because I bought an immersion blender last week that was begging to be used! :-)
Well, it came out delicious, and so easy. No need for store-bought. I also had a few Bartlett Pears around, so I threw them in as well... why not! I stored it in mason jars and into the fridge they went. You can also freeze it for months. It's a perfect snack or a topping for savoury meats. Our neighbors - M. & G. - invited us over for dinner tonight to help them get through a turkey breast they are roasting, and A. had the idea that we could top it w/apple sauce. Perfect, no need to make gravy! So that's what we'll be having for dinner tonight, I can't wait: yum!
APPLE SAUCE (adapted from Simply Recipes)
6 large cooking apples (granny smith, macintosh, golden delicious, golden crisps, fuji, etc)
2 pears (optional)
Juice of one lemon
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Peel and quarter the apples and pears. Put all ingredients in a large pot over high heat. bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer on low heat for 25 minutes.
Remove from the heat and remove the cinnamon stick. For a smooth texture, puree the mixture with a hand blender or use a potato masher for a chunkier consistency.
Enjoy warm, or allow to cool for later.
IDEAS: For a twist, add a star anise will boiling, or even a tip of ginger. You can also add raisins, craisins, or blueberries to serve.