How ’bout them apples???

28 Oct

Look at these beautiful apples!IMG_4085

Don’t they just look absolutely delicious?

IMG_4083Well, they’re not.  We go through A LOT of apples in this house and we have no place for apples that aren’t tasty.

So what do you do with 15-20 apples that taste rather meh?

You pulverize them!

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Introducing, Gala Applesauce!

Making applesauce is very easy and I wanted to show just how easy it really is.  You can turn the most boring tasting apples into something spicy and delicious.

Of course applesauce is something that is very individualized and to your own preferred taste.  However, the beauty of making it yourself, is that you get to determine the proportions!  So use this recipe as a jumping off place and season to your own delight!

Take 15-20 small/medium sized apples (which was all of the apples in the above picture and Royal Gala in my case), wash them, peel them, core them and slice them.

IMG_4088When you’re finished hopping, you should have about 9-10 cups of sliced apples

IMG_4092 IMG_4097Throw them in a large pot with 2 cups of water

IMG_4100Bring the pot to a boil

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Now’s the time to add in the spices!

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Cinnamon, Ground Cloves and Allspice are our spicy friends for today…

And speaking of spices… IMG_3943 My spice cupboard was such a disaster that last Sunday I completely gave it an overhaul.  It was so bad that I couldn’t even bring myself to take a before picture…

Back to the apples!

I add 1/8 tsp of ground cloves, 1/8 tsp allspice, 2 tsp cinnamon IMG_4106And for some sweetness (which clearly will depend on the sweetness of your apples), I added 3 Tbsp of honeyIMG_4108Next up, concentrated lemon juice – 2Tbsp, as well as a *pinch* of salt and stir all together.IMG_4109 Put a lid on the pot and turn your heat down to medium low.  Keep your apples cooking until they’re they’re tender and a fork easily goes through the flesh (about 12 minutes).

IMG_4111Now you’re ready to mash your apples!

Use a potato masher (an immersion blender takes away too many of the chunks), or as you can see, Todd just used the flipper that he used in lieu of a spoon when stirring for me.

IMG_4113 IMG_4118 IMG_4119And now is the time to take a taste to see if you’ve seasoned your sauce to compliment your apples.

IMG_4121I actually added another Tbsp of lemon juice and honey and as well as a couple of shakes of allspice and cinnamon.  Like I said, these apples were not all that.

IMG_4122But the applesauce is!

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Once cooked down, you end up with about 6-8 cups of applesauce.

Enjoy!

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I’ll be back with a post that incorporates this very yummy applesauce in an absolutely delicious (and something I never see in the blogosphere) way…but I need one more ingredient, so it might be  couple days ;)

Gala Applesauce

  • 15-20 small-medium peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground gloves
  • 2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp concentrated lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Bring apples and water to a boil.  Add spices, honey, lemon juice and salt.  Stir to incorporate everything, put a lid on the pot and turn heat to medium low.  When apples are very tender, mash with a potato masher to desired chunkiness.  Take a little taste, to determine if more spies or honey is needed to balance out the apples.  Enjoy!

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  1. A grilled what??? « - October 30, 2010

    […] lunch today, I made something that I don’t eat nearly enough.  I saw my Gala Applesauce sitting in the fridge and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to make a Grilled […]

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