This past weekend I went to my favorite local apple orchard and loaded up on apples and cider. Their fragrance filled the car on the way home and made me dream of all the wonderful ways to put these amazing fruits to use.
There are alot of complicated apple recipes, but there are many simple ones, too. And those simple ones taste absolutely divine. For instance, if you can peel an apple, you can make applesauce.
Here's what you need:
water or cider
pure vanilla extract
milled cane sugar
1. Peel, core and dice a bunch of apples -- just fill your favorie stock pot nearly to the top.
2. Add a tablespoon or two of water or cider (don't go overboard here -- a tablespoon or two really does the trick). Add a dash or two of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. Stir and cover.
3. Bring the whole mixture to a bubble over medium high heat. Reduce heat to low, remove lid and let simmer until apples break down and are very soft (the length of time it takes for this to happen depends on the kind of apple you are using). Stir often.
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
5. If you like chunky sauce, you're done. If you like smooth sauce, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Eat some while it's still warm (this is a wonderful treat) and store the remainder in the refrigerator.