Autumn is finally here! As much as I prefer the warmer seasons and hate the idea that we are only mere months away from the snow-covered abyss that is winter, I can’t help but have a special admiration for the Fall season. It’s sort of the fun prerequisite for the holiday season. The leaves begin to change into beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow, while covering surrounding roads. Pumpkins become everyone’s new best friend, either decorating homes or making a tasty appearance in an overabundance of autumnal-themed drinks at local coffee shops. Plus, let’s not forget all the delicious pies. Yes, everything about this time of year invokes familiar smells, colors, and special childhood memories. I remember dressing as Princess Padme Amidala from Star Wars for Halloween one year. I thought I was cool. What can I say?
A tradition that I try to follow through with each Fall is my homemade applesauce. I began making it when I was in middle school and it has evolved ever since. Not using any recipes or my addiction to Google everything (I have a serious problem), I simply let my innate teenage curiosity to take over. Before I knew it, I had actually made my own applesauce. Since then, I have been making a batch of the sauce each year, figuring out new tricks to make it easier, tastier, and even more heartfelt.
What’s great about cooking applesauce is it is like wine in the sense that the longer you have it, the more flavorful it will become. Because mine is homemade, expect it to last, refrigerated, for at least two weeks. It also makes for a great hostess gift, party favor, children’s snack, and dessert for a girl’s brunch. So yay to being just as crafty as it is yummy.
Here’s the simple and delicious recipe for my applesauce. Cheers to sharing it with someone special!
2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
I Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
Half a Pot of Simmering Water
Fill half a pot with water. (Tip: Fill it with hot water from the sink so that it starts to simmer faster when you place it onto the stove.) While the water heats up, stir one tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and one tablespoon of sugar into the pot. Let it sit until it begins to simmer or softly boil.
Grab your apples and make small slices throughout each as well as punctures without taking them apart. You want the apple whole while it cooks in the water. The slices and punctures are so that the flavored water seeps into the apples and makes it easier for you to peel the skin off afterwards.
When the water comes to a small boil, place the apples slowly in the water. No one likes to be burned by a burst of hot water, so just be gentle. I say this because I love you. (Side Note: Also, I have burned myself many times, so I know.) Keep the flame medium to high, cover the pot, and let it cook for 20-25 minutes.
When they are done cooking, take a knife and poke at them to make sure they are soft enough. They should be soft enough to mash in a blender, but firm enough to take out of the pot without falling apart. Place them in a bowl and let them cool for at least 15 minutes. Once they are cool enough for you to handle, begin to peel them.
Once peeled, you will need to remove the core and seeds. (Tip: Slice them in half before removing the core. The inside of the apple will be very warm.) Cut around it with a knife. The pieces that are clean should go into a blender, mixer, or whatever you plan to use to blend and smooth the apple into a sauce. I use a blender. After, pour about a cup of the cinnamon water you used to boil the apples, another tablespoon of cinnamon, and one tablespoon of sugar into the blender. Begin to blend. This is where it is subjective. I like my applesauce thick so once I blend it well, I’m done. However, if you would like it a bit more watery, add more of the cinnamon water and continue to mix until you are satisfied.
Remember you are welcome to add your own flares or changes to it. For instance, you can always caramelize the sugar with some butter and add it to the mix when you go to blend it. This will give it more of an apple cobbler flavor, which is always yummy!
Katie is a lover of all things travel, fashion, food, and Chris Pine. When she isn’t busy writing, she enjoys hobbies such as photography. She lives life filled with spontaneous adventures and her pet bunny, Finn Chandler Bing. Mindy Kaling is her spirit animal. Coffee is her food group.