On October 5, The Schwarz and I picked two full bags of apples in Harvard, MA. I love picking apples; it's so much fun! Plus, I just love applesauce!
This year I wanted to try something a little different, so I got my Gramma's favorite apple pie recipe and tried it out. It was my very first pie ever, and I think it was quite the success. It looked fairly professional and tasted delicious.
I only needed 6 apples for the pie, so I had to get busy making applesauce. I used one full bag of apples and stirred two pots at the same time. I had to use a stool because my arm was starting to hurt -- I hate that picture of me (taken by The Schwarz), but I'm including it for my Gramma. I'd estimate that 40 - 50 apples went in to that first batch and we finished it in less than a week (I ate most of it)!
How to make my favorite applesauce:
- Peel and cut a bunch of apples (7 -15, depending how much you want).
- Put them in a pot with a little bit of water - at least enough to cover the bottom - I usually put about an inch of water.
- Bring water to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- As the apples get softer, stir and mash like crazy. You're done when it's the consistency you prefer.
- Stir in a little bit of brown sugar (1 TB) and cinnamon. Add more to taste, as desired.
- Let cool and eat!
I know those directions are pretty vague, but that's what I do.