Saturday, September 25, 2010

If life gives you apples.....

......make homemade applesauce!!!

I remember going to my great-grandma's house in Redding, California, and being allowed to go out to the storage cellar by the garage and pick a jar of homemade applesauce, to go with our dinner. It is a wonderful memory, not only because I was allowed to help my grandma, but because I knew how good the applesauce was! She made it herself, from the apples that grew on her small country acreage. I always vowed that *someday* I would make homemade applesauce, just like Grandma Frances.

Fast-forward 23 years (it took me a bit longer than most, to fulfill my childhood dream)......

My friend's backyard apple tree produced a large harvest this year, so she invited me over to pick some. They were small, but had a good tart flavor. I knew what I wanted to make with them.....

I found several recipes online, but none of them sounded exactly like what I wanted. So, as I often do, I blended my favorite parts and tweeked the recipe to work how I liked.
I wanted it as simple as possible, with as little "hands-on" time as possible. Here is the result....

{Chunky Applesauce}

8 cups apples, sliced and peeled
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 T. white sugar
1 T. cinnamon
3/4 cup water

Cook on low for several hours, stirring and mushing (yes, that is a technical cooking term) occasionally with a potato masher. Add more water if necessary, to gain desired thickness. Cool and place in freezer-safe containers. (You could also can this applesauce, if you have the energy and a whole day with nothin' to do. ;-)

*I am making another batch today, which I will try in the slow cooker.*

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