With all of my talk yesterday about favorite fall foods, I really got in the mood for something yummy made with apples. Do you have an apple tree--or have an orchard nearby? It is getting to be APPLE TIME, you know! I have an aunt and uncle with beautiful trees--Haroldsons, I believe...if only we could visit Minnesota, we could pick to our heart's content!! (Hi, Aunt Ginger!)
This time of year also reminds me of the apple festivals we used to attend in Lincoln, Arkansas (near Fayetteville, AR). If you have an apple festival near you, you really should try to go! They are so much fun--and always have lots of yummy apple treats to munch! (Of course, my favorite part!) Here is a list of lots of upcoming apple festivals all over the U.S. and Canada.
In celebration of the apple, I thought it would be fun to post a very simple recipe for homemade applesauce. If you've never made it, you really need to try it! It is amazing, and blows away the store-bought stuff. And I'll let you in on a little secret: Warm, homemade applesauce is AMAZING on top of vanilla ice cream!!
Let your kids help with this recipe! I created this recipe a couple of years ago when I was teaching a cooking class to 3rd and 4th graders. I'm trying something new today--I am attaching the recipe, so that you can download and print it for FREE! The recipe has pictures for each step, and will be very easy for your kids to read and follow along.
Oh, and I would LOVE to hear back from you if any of your kids try the recipe! Send me pics, and I'll post them!!
Enjoy! There is nothing like enjoying the fruits of the season...and apples are some of my favorites!
Here is an abbreviated form of the recipe, in case you don't want to download the FREE recipe page: (The recipe page is much more fun with all the pictures!!)
1. Peel 4 green apples (or any firm, tart or sweet apple variety you prefer!)
2. Cut into wedges, and slice wedges into chunks.
3. Place apples in a pan on the stove.
4. Pour 1/4 cup of sugar over apples (more, if you like them sweeter...or you can substitute honey, or any sweetener you like to cook with!)
5. Add 3 shakes of ground cinnamon (how do you like that for precise?)
6. Pour 1/2 cup of water over apples and stir.
7. Put lid on pan and cook over medium heat until apples are mushy (about 10-15 minutes)
8. Stir, and enjoy! You can put the apple mixture in the blender if you like a really smooth applesauce. I like my homemade applesauce chunky...okay, and warm over ice cream!! Store unused applesauce in the refrigerator.
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