With all the apples we’ve got in our apartment, I’ve been looking for ways to keep them around but also not rotten. One of my go-to projects this fall is cooking up mass amounts of applesauce. It’s a great way to prolong the life of our apple bounty, and heat the apartment too!
Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe:
4 Apples (peeled, cored and diced)*
¾ Cup Water
¼ Cup Sugar (White, Brown, None, etc to taste)
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
*I have actually been doubling this recipe since we have so many apples, I’ve noticed it takes about 8 apples to fill a quart-sized mason jar.
Step 1- Cook all of these ingredients in a covered pot for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft (If you are doubling the recipe they may need to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes).
Step 2- Allow the applesauce mixture to cool for 20 minutes, or until it stops letting off steam
Step 3- Sauce it! If you like your applesauce on the chunky end of the spectrum, I recommend mashing with a fork or wooden spoon. If you dig it smoother, a blender is a good way to go (pulse on low, then increase the speed as needed).
Step 4- Transfer to a jar or sealable container for storage.
Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.
Apple Butter Recipe:
5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
Fresh Ginger to taste
¼ tsp cloves (optional)
Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).
Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.
This year is my first on the east coast and what better way to celebrate the start of the Fall season than apple picking?! This month, we took a trip to Indian Ladder Farms in Upstate New York to grab a few bushels of apples (and of course, apple cider donuts!)
The original plan was to grab a stash of apples and do some group baking, but of course things came up and schedules shifted and now we’ve got a fridge full of apples (I’m not exaggerating, our only produce drawer is just apples right now!) With all of this bounty, I am bubbling with excitement to try, and possibly fail spectacularly on apple treats!