applesauce & apologies.

soooo….i’ve been missing in action around here lately. well, for a long time. and i’m sorry!

i have a laundry list of the ways in which my life has monumentally changed and improved over the last few months:

  • i went to israel for two weeks over the summer, and it was unbelievable. it was, without a doubt, the most amazing trip i’ve ever been on, bar none. israel whet my appetite for exploration, and now i thirst to travel.
  • after weighing the pros and cons, quietly debating with myself, and much introspection, i decided to quit my job (in this economy? is she crazy? why yes, yes she is!) in order to pursue an education and career in a field that i’m wholly passionate about: food. i’ll be starting culinary school in less than two weeks, and i am unbelievably thrilled. i’ve never been more scared, or more excited for anything. i can’t wait to chronicle my adventures and follies here!
  • my fiance and i got a new puppy, a shorkie [yorkie + shih tzu = shorkie] we named sir winston von grumblecakes. he’s a sweet, mischievous terror, and he’s occupied a great deal of our time. but we love him all the much, and our other dog, paddington is starting to come around and love him a little, too.

but you’re not here for excuses, are you? you’re here for the food, and that’s why i’m here, too. and i promise, i won’t let this site turn into a ghost town again.

let’s shift gears, shall we? fall is here, fall is here! well, kind of. sort of. okay, so truth be told, we don’t really get anything that even slightly resembles fall here in florida until the beginning of december (if we’re lucky!), so i’m insanely jealous of my friends to the north who are basking in the crisp breeze, able to drink hot mulled cider outdoors without sweating. it’s not fair!

the only real way that i can get my fix of fall is through food. the weather may not feel autumnal, but everything that’s been coming out of my kitchen lately has been inspired by fall. over the next few weeks, you’ll find a bounty of new recipes that’ll be perfect for any fall day, be it halloween, thanksgiving, or..er, election day? aw hell, you won’t need a holiday or special occasion to make what’s i’ll be posting here soon.

our local farmer’s market has been flooded with gorgeous apples lately, and we’ve been drinking apple cider like it’s going out of style. i suppose it’s only fitting that the first item in my fall recipe repertoire is a simple, comforting celebration of fall’s favorite crop, the apple. seriously, this is the simplest conceivable thing that anyone can make. honestly. there’s no way to screw it up, and your house is going to smell unbelievable while it’s simmering away on the stove. it’s endlessly versatile, and everyone loves it, from babies to grandparents.

yup, you guessed it: applesauce.

make this. you will NOT be sorry. and if you are for some strange reason, i’m sorry.

perfect applesauce

this recipe is easily doubled or tripled, so make extra! the applesauce will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a week, or you can freeze it for up to two months. just let it defrost in the fridge overnight before using!

what you’ll do

combine all ingredients in a large pot. bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1-2 hours, until the apples are tender and easily mashed. your house will be permeated with the luscious, spicy scent of cinnamon, guaranteed.

if you have an immersion blender, now is the time to bust that bad boy out. puree your apples until they reach a thick, saucy consistency.

no immersion blender? feel free to give the apples a whir in your standard blender, but you’ll have to do this in a few small batches.

no blender? no worries! with a potato masher, bash the hell out of the apples until they reach your desired consistency.

no masher? smash your apples to bits with the back of a large spoon/ladle/insert preferred kitchen utensil here.

what’d i tell you? easy peasy. eat it as a snack, feed it to your baby, give some to grandma, spoon some over latkes, spread some over brioche, serve some alongside a nice roasted pork loin…i guess the point i’m trying to make here is that applesauce is delicious. and satisfying. and making it yourself it easy, healthy, and so much more delicious than that store-bought stuff. yuck.

so there you go. make some applesauce. now. trust me, you’ll need it later this week to make an even more amazing dessert. wink!

damn, it’s good to be back.

perfect applesauce

this recipe is easily doubled or tripled, so make extra! the applesauce will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a week, or you can freeze it for up to two months. just let it defrost in the fridge overnight before using!

Ingredients:

6 large apples, peeled and chopped into one-inch pieces (i used royal galas, but granny smiths will work beautifully here)

1 cinnamon stick

3 tablespoons sugar (feel free to adjust amount to your preference, it’ll be delicious no matter what)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 cup apple juice (you can substitute water if you don’t have any on hand)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (substitute ground cinnamon if you don’t have any)

pinch of salt

Directions:

combine all ingredients in a large pot.

bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1-2 hours, until the apples are tender and easily mashed.

if you have an immersion blender, puree apples until they reach a thick, saucy consistency.

no immersion blender? feel free to give the apples a whir in a standard blender, but do this in a few small batches.

no blender? no worries! with a potato masher, bash the hell out of the apples until they reach your desired consistency.

no masher? smash your apples to bits with the back of a large spoon/ladle/insert preferred kitchen utensil here.

store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for one week.

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2 Responses to “applesauce & apologies.”

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    Heather — October 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Any idea how long it will keep in the fridge, if not all devoured at once?

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    jaclyn — October 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    heather,

    the applesauce should keep in the fridge for about a week!

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