Today is Apple-Poolza! Even if you don’t have an apple tree, its apple season, so the prices are really starting to drop. Be sure to check out my Cran-Apple Clafouti post for another great apple recipe!
Step #1: Guard your apples from these guys:
Step #2: Send the family out to pick a couple buckets of apples:
Step #3: Wash your bounty!
Step #4: Cut apples into same size chunks. Be sure to enlist the whole family!
Step #5: Fill your largest pot about 3/4 full with the chopped apples. We had 3 large pots going at once!
Step #6: Add about 2 cups water to the pot and squeeze half a lemon over. Place over medium-low heat.
Step #7: Enlist the Expert to see when the apples have cooked down enough. This is Pete’ Grandma, the girl’s Great-Grandma and our Expert Applesauce Maker with the girls and I!
Step #8: When the apples break apart easily when stirred, it is time to add the sugar. I would say add a scant cup, taste, then add more if needed. GG – the girl’s Great-Grandma – just starts dumping. We definitely differed in how much sugar needed to be added. I like tart – she like sweet.
Step #9: After about 5 more minutes of cooking with the sugar, put the sauce in the food processor and pulse until smooth. GG always used a blender – so use a blender if you don’t have a food processor. Also, you can add cinnamon if you like. Both GG and I like the same heaping amount of cinnamon.
Step #10: Let cool then ENJOY!
In my case, there was a Step #11. After much arguing about how much sugar should go in the sauce, Step #11 was to sneak all sugar out of the house so GG couldn’t sneak more in behind my back!