There are some aromas that come from the kitchen that permeate a house and bring comfort to your soul. Roasted chicken, mulled wine and applesauce are among my favorites. My mom made applesauce every fall for us and for as long as I have had a stove, so have I. It’s so easy to make that I honestly have no idea why I don’t make it all year long! I guess only making it during the fall is what makes it special.
This year I didn’t make it up to any of the orchards to pick my own, but my sister-in-law did and she brought me home what they picked and it was a nice variety. I peeled, cored and tossed them in a heavy bottomed pot. I added about a quarter cup of water, a pinch of cinnamon and pinch of sugar. I walked away and let the smell of cooking apples fill our home. Occasionally I would give it a stir, adding more water if needed just to keep it from burning. As it breaks down, I like to give it smash with a potato masher to help it along. That’s it. Its done. If you like it smooth you can puree it with an immersion blender or if you prefer it with some nice, soft apple chunks just stop cooking it reaches your desired level of chunkiness. Its all about your preference.
As a thank you to my sister-in-law, Pam, for the apples, I sent some over some applesauce for my 1 year old niece to try and I am pleased to say that for the first time in her little one year old life, she ate all her applesauce! Of course this made Auntie Chrissy very proud!
Homemade applesauce is one of those simple, culinary joys in life that I am most grateful for. Thanks Mom!