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My journey as a fiction writer and a place for my projects, writing and otherwise.

Apple pie, applesauce, apples apples apples!

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It’s a delightfully blustery, gray day in Duluth and Chris and I finally fulfilled one of our plans to come hang out at a coffee shop and get things done. I just spent over an hour writing on a fiction story I’ve been working on, and now I’m taking a break by making a blog post. Holy productive!

Last week we finally harvested all of the apples on one of the trees in our backyard. When we moved in, we were delighted to see apples, but assumed they’d probably just stay little, sour apples. But they kept growing, and we actually got many good, large, tasty apples! Still a bit smaller and more bitter than grocery store apples, but perfectly edible. More and more apples started falling from the tree by themselves, meaning they were getting ripe, so we picked the rest of the good ones so they wouldn’t go to waste.
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Those are all of the good apples in that bucket, from only one of the trees. As I understand it, both of the trees are apple trees, but only the right one was fruit-bearing this year. Hopefully next year we’ll get apples on both trees! Not wanting all those apples to go to waste before we could eat them all, we got down to processing them. Processing them for pies…
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And applesauce!
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Applesauce is sooo easy, it was great and tasty. I just made up a rough recipe after reading various versions of applesauce provided by google. Chris’s mom took a bunch of the apples to make into pie filling and freeze for later, so I used the rest for applesauce since we already made three pies. Unfortunately, a lot of the apples were brown or worm-eaten. I’m fairly certain worm-trails in the apples are harmless, but they creep me out anyway, so I cut those parts out. After sorting the good from the bad, I had way less apples than called for in most of the recipes I saw. So I estimated!

This is what I did:
Put 2-3 cups of apples in a pan with 1/2 cup of water.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all of the apples are mushy.
Put apples in a bowl and mash with potato masher or fork.
Add 1/8 cup sugar and cinnamon to taste.
And, voila! Applesauce.

I was worried about the small amount of water at first, wondering how so many apples could actually boil in that small amount of water, but these recipes online know what they’re talking about. The moisture comes out of the apples and they boil just fine.

Did I mention that I love fall?

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Written by nikkinbird

September 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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