Growing up, fall meant loads and loads of apples. I mean we’re talking bags upon bags of apples stacked around our kitchen. My parents still stock up on apples at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market early on Sunday mornings, often before I’m even awake. Besides packing apples in our lunches, adding them to oatmeal and slicing them to snack on with peanut butter, my family enjoys a few classic fall apple recipes year after year. The two that are most memorable for me are my Mom’s apple crisp and my Dad’s homemade applesauce.
There is nothing fancy about my Dad’s applesauce but I have always loved watching him peel dozens of apples and then magically transform them into a delicious treat. Somehow he always manages to achieve the perfect applesauce consistency: smooth with some soft chunks of apple here and there.
However, if you like your applesauce even smoother, do not fear! This simple super recipe is also super simple to adapt. By cooking the apples for a longer or shorter period of time, you can achieve your preferred texture. You can also use any kind of apples that you like. My Dad recommends using a mix of sweet and sour apples such as McIntosh, Rome, Stamen and Granny Smith. He usually grabs “seconds” at the market since slighty bruised and blemished apples are fine for making sauce. Use whatever kind of apple strikes your fancy. Plus, you can make a huge stew pot or a small sauce pot full of applesauce depending on how much you anticipate eating. Simply chop apples until you fill your pot of choice, leaving room for a little room for water.
If you have a bag of goods still left from that apple picking expedition or if you are craving a healthy fall treat before bed, definitely give this super simple recipe a try! I can promise you will never be able to go back to the jars of applesauce from the grocery store. I love enjoying this applesauce still hot from the pot (just make sure it is cooled enough so you don’t burn yourself) and then pulling out leftovers and eating it cold throughout the week. Speaking of leftovers…I am most definitely heading to grab a bowl of applesauce from the fridge right now!
What are some of your favorite fall dishes or ways to use apples?