Yep, it's that time of year again. Apples are in abundance and you know what that means - around here anyway - Applesauce Sunday! I found a roadside stand on Friday (not too far away from home) that had Macintosh apples for sale. They were a little more expensive than going directly to an orchard, but definitely less expensive than the market. I bought a bushel knowing that we make a ton of applesauce and Jewish Apple Cakes. Knick Knack got here around 8:30 and by 9:30 we had the sauce simmering on the stove top and a cake baking in the oven.
Can I just tell you - the house smelled wonderful! My recipe for applesauce is easy peasey. For every 12 apples (I prefer Macintosh - but I've also used Cortland), I add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water, plus 2 T of vanilla.
We simmer the sauce on the stove top until the apples breakdown. Stirring helps the apples to breakdown, but we don't make a completely smooth sauce, we prefer chunky. You can always use an immersion blender to make a smooth sauce or wait until it cools down then put it in a food processor. It was fun having a helper in the kitchen. She's an old pro at making the Jewish Apple Cake and the applesauce. We've been doing it for years. We watched Hocus Pocus while the cake was baking and laughed out loud. Bette Midler is a riot in that movie!
I'm off from work today, and shopping all over Lancaster County with my Mum (celebrating my birthday together up there is a tradition). We're planning on hitting a few thrift stores, Weavers, Goods, Achenbach's Bakery, Blue Ball Craft and Flower Warehouse, Stauffer's of Kissel Hill, Lititz, Kings and a few roadside stands. I'll probably come home with more apples, a head of cabbage and more fresh flowers. I need to make a few more of those wonderful cakes - I always share with family, friends and co-workers. If you'd like the recipe for the cake it's on my recipe page. It's so moist and flavorful - everyone loves it!
What kinds of foods do you think of when the weather turns cooler?