Sunday, September 23, 2012

Apple-picking and Applesauce

Chris and I went apple picking this weekend. So much fun! I love apple-picking, have enjoyed returning a couple of years in a row now to Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, and we had an absolutely gorgeous Saturday to go. After picking a half-bushel of apples, I am now, of course, looking for different “apple orchard experiments” to do with our pickings. But, 2 standbys for apples are always applesauce and cinnamon-brown sugar sautéed apples.

Simple (Apple)Sauce

10 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 ¾ cups plus 1 oz water
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Simmer over medium-high heat until the apples are completely soft. Use a potato masher or hand mixer to blend apples until as smooth as desired. Serve warm or cool and refrigerate in an airtight container. This applesauce can also be frozen.

Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Sautéed Apples

Apples, peeled and sliced
Brown sugar
Quanties for this dish have to be all to your preference. Put the apples in a large skillet. Add butter and brown sugar as you desire. Sauté over moderate heat until the apples are tender. 

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