How exactly did I get this busy? I never finished blogging about summer and along comes fall. It’s November 4th already??? Well, I will tell you one thing. If I have not been very proficient in my blogging, I have been proficient in doing one thing. Each month, I am for mid-month, I bake/make something. Something I may have never done before, or something I have not done in a long time. I started the adventure in september with bread making. it was an overall success, if not boulangerie worthy. I didn’t take pictures of the process, but enjoyed it enough to try it again and will document it when I get time to do it.
This past month I attempted applesauce. we took our annual trip to an apple orchard and plundered the trees to bring home a 1/2 a bushel of apples. I won’t talk about how many we ate while out in the field….
Now the applesauce recipes I read all stated that one would peel the apples as part of the preparation. However, my dear friend whom grew up in Eastern Germany, (yes they used to be divided and a communist state!) stated that once they are cooked, the skin will easily come right off when you press the pulp through the sieve. Hmmm….. well I am perpetually lazy so no peeling! So this is how it all went down……
First you get a bag o’apples, about 4 pounds worth.
Let them soak for 10 minutes in a mixture of cold water and vinegar-to clean them.
Slice and core. Slice and core. Slice and core….
Toss them in the pot.
Add cinnamon stick, sugar, dark brown sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice.
Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes.
Scoop and pour and smash and pull out skin and smoosh and sigh a lot.
pour into jars. The end.
Overall, applesauce making is sticky. If you are not Amish, perhaps you should avoid this. If you enjoy peeling apples maybe you are Amish.