I am generally not all that keen on fall. I know a lot of people love pumpkin pie, and cinnamon, and Halloween, and falling leaves, and gourds and stuff, but I do not like any of those things. No joke: I started crying once when my mom was pushing us to have a beautiful fall wedding, with dark reds and oranges and browns and pumpkins. I believe I used the phrase, “I don’t want any bleeping pumpkins at our wedding!”
That said, I do generally like the mild fall weather. T and I were ranking our favorite to least favorite seasons the other day, and summer was definitely my least favorite, with spring on top, and fall slighly ahead of winter. And I do like the plethora of delicious apples and pears that show up in grocery stores. So, I decided to make applesauce!
T is a big applesauce fan. He packs it in his lunch several times a week and makes funny happy faces while eating it. I like it fine. Again, like with pizza…he likes his smooth and cinnamon-free, whereas I prefer mine chunky and cinnamony.
First, I bought a dozen Gala apples at the store (for about $4):
Then, I peeled them:
And cored them and cut them into small pieces. And broke the garbage disposal. Cores go in the trash can, friends!:
I added half a cup of water, and let it simmer on medium heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until it reduced itself into applesauce!
Since T wanted his smooth, and I wanted cinnamon in mine, I split the batch roughly in half. I stirred some cinnamon into mine:
And then I put his in our Magic Bullet, which made it smooth and almost creamy in texture:
All in all, this is what my afternoon yielded! T’s is in small cups, ready to take to work:
And, wow, is this stuff good. Apples, water, and cinnamon–that’s it. No sugar added (or needed)! I’ll definitely be making this again soon.
I rested from exercise yesterday and today. My legs are quite sore from lifting on Friday, to the point where they’ve actually been cramping up–yuck! Any suggestions?
How do you like your applesauce? Chunky, smooth, cinnamon, no cinnamon?