Fall in Idaho is one of my favorite things.
I adore the crisp, clear mornings, the dancing leaves, the harvest, the rainy days.
It is finally time to bring out the sweaters, boots, and scarves, along with all the cozy feelings that go with them.
And what better opportunity to go outside in your jammies and take pictures of all the pretty things, am I right?!
One of the things I love most about this glorious season is...
There's just something about filling my kitchen with the smell of spices or a hearty stew.
It makes me feel so at home and so at ease.
Plus the farmer enjoys the benefits so it's basically a win any way you look at it.
Or smell it.
Or taste it.
Ok, I'm getting off track here. Back to the point!
Friend, I want to share a little something with you that will make your autumn, no matter where you are, the best thing ever.
Guys. This stuff is straight from heaven. For real.
Not only does it taste fabulous, it's low maintenance too. Just let it simmer on the stove for a few hours, give it a stir now and then, and let it's aroma sink into your soul.
Ok, maybe that's a tad dramatic, but just make some and you'll thank me. I promise.
Ready for the recipe? Here it is...
apples (enough to fill your pot)
spices to taste
Just slice up the apples, dump them in the pot along with your desired spices and let that baby simmer until it's the right consistency for you.
See? Easy as pie!
Actually, it's way easier than pie. Pie crusts can be a booger to make...
Also, if you plan on making a lot of applesauce like me, I would highly recommend that you pick up one of these Apple Master gadgets. It will save you SO much time. (Get one here!)
Bonus Tip: A great place to get apples on the cheap is your local fruit stand. They will usually have a bin of seconds or cull apples that aren't pretty enough to sell fresh market (but they still taste delicious!). Those make great applesauce!
Start off by putting on some fallish tunes. I am currently in love with the Wailin' Jennys Pandora station I created.
Now give the apples a little bath. I just dump 'em into my kitchen sink and fill it with water. No need to get complicated here.
Next, peel and core the apples.
Dump them in the pot...
...and add all the spices your heart desires! These are the ones I always use. All of them are optional except the cinnamon. Cinnamon is a must.
Then just simmer it down and stir it good every once in a while until it reaches the consistency you like. I prefer mine a little chunky, but if you like your especially smooth you can cook it a little longer and run it through the blender or use an immersion blender at the end.
Don't forget to taste test! I don't allow that step to be skipped in my kitchen.
You have created the most delicious applesauce on the face of the earth.
Enjoy a warm bowl of it on a chilly night, add it to your oatmeal with a spoonful of almond butter, use it in your favorite fall muffin recipe, or try it on top of vanilla ice cream.
The possibilities are endless my friends.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!