Worthington Road in Lionville is named for my family and the orchard that once stood there. Apples hold a pretty special place in the memories and traditions because the recipes were always part of our family get-togethers. I remember applesauce and apple butter being made in ginormous batches and coveted by my family members.
I have been thinking about trying my grandmother’s recipe that she made and had on hand at all times while I was growing up. This baby has me craving apples like I never have before! Unfortunately, the recipe has been misplaced, so I went in search of something similar.
I didn’t find what I was looking for, so instead I decided to try my hand at one of the Pioneer Woman’s simple applesauce recipes. I usually find exactly what I am looking for with her. I’m not a huge fan of cooking and when I do it I want it to be reminiscent of what I ate as a child. Her recipes are always great!
I took the kids to our local orchard and we picked out some Honeycrisp apples for tasting. I have not knowingly had a Honeycrisp despite the fuss everyone makes of them. A fuss worth making, though, now that I’ve had them!
They made the perfect applesauce!
I only made a small batch because I didn’t want to waste all of my apples if I totally screwed it up, so I adapted hers and made a mistake or two. That describes most of my cooking and baking… Turned out great!
- 3.5 Ibs Honeycrisp Apples
- The juice of one whole lemon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup Mott’s apple juice (40% less sugar variety)
- 6 dashes of cinnamon (3 for each child helping me…)
I let them cook for about 35 minutes on medium high heat, until they were pretty mushy and could easily be mashed with a hand masher.
Then I ladled it all into my blender to be pureed. I wanted them completely lump-less, just like my grandmother’s.
The consistency was that of an Apple Butter- thick,creamy and perfect!
This was the perfect activity to do with my kids on a rainy weekend – easy, delicious and good for you! I can see this being something we do every fall to welcome in the crisp weather 🙂
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How do you celebrate fall?