I don't know about you but applesauce has always sort of been a staple in our house. I remember my younger sister used to stick a straw in a big container of it and just drink it. She always wanted applesauce so my mom eventually started serving everything with a side of applesauce. And she still does! No matter what she makes for dinner, whether you think it fits or not- applesauce will be out with it. It's become a quirky family tradition, I guess!
Last month, when I was down in San Luis Obispo for my friend's bridal shower and bachelorette parties, I stopped at the Avila Valley Barn on my way home. When I used to live there, the AVB was one of my favorite places to go. They sell tons of fresh produce, the have homemade everything (honey, jam, pies, and more!), the have their own ice cream shop, a little zoo area, AND they have their fruit orchards that you can pick your own fruit from. I never did this when I lived there, so I jumped at the chance during my visit.
After spending the weekend there and seeing old friends, reminiscing and reflecting on all the changes that have happened since my time there, it was really nice to make this little pit stop. If you've never been to the central coast, you really need to go. It's one of those places that sets everything right when you bask in its beauty.
I knew these apples weren't the right kind for apple pie-I always use granny smith apples for baking pie, because of their tartness. These were Golden Delicious apples, so I had to decide on something else. I'd never tried making apple sauce before, so I went with it! And it was so simple! I made it sugar-free too. You just cook down the apples with some water, and cinnamon until they become soft and mushy. Then you mash them, or blend them until they reach your desired consistency, and viola! APPLESAUCE! It's sooooo good when it's warm! You've gotta try it.
Apple Sauce Recipe:
Makes 4-5 cups
5 lbs apples
3/4 cup water
1 tea. cinnamon
Peel, slice and core the apples.
If they start turning brown, mix in 1-2 tea. lemon juice.
Mix apple slices, water, and cinnamon in a large pot on the stove on med-high, and cover.
Let the apples cook down, until they're soft enough to mush. Cook for about 20-25 minutes total. (Cooking time will depend on your stove and how you sliced the apples).
Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher, or blend in a food processor or blender to smooth. Store covered in the refrigerator, and enjoy!