The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

October 1, 2007

Phillip and I took last Friday off and went apple picking. It was seventeen years to the day that we met at a post-applepicking dinner party hosted by a mutual friend. We met in September, had our first date in November, were engaged in January and married in April. Now that, my friends, is a whirlwind romance. But back to the apples. The place we go apple picking is very crowded on weekends, but on Friday, except for a small school group, we pretty much had the orchard to ourselves. We picked Macoun, Empire and Stayman Winesap. Then we came home and I made applesauce. And more applesauce. I made so much applesauce that I used up all my Tupperware containers. I think that I used about 20 pounds of apples, seriously! The only way to make so much applesauce is to use one of these apple peeling gizmos which works like a charm, coring, peeling and semi-slicing the apple in under thirty seconds. Here is my recipe for applesauce:

Laurie's Applesauce
(Feeds thousands.)
  • Peel, core, and slice many, many, many apples.
  • Place apples in large pot over medium high heat.
  • Cover with water and/or cider to about the height of the apples.
  • Stir occasionally until the apples are soft but not mushy, 20 minutes or so.
  • Remove apples with a slotted spoon and place in a food processor: process until it looks like applesauce!
  • While still warm, add sugar, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to taste.
  • Place in appropriate containers and give to family, friends, neighbors, the paperboy, whoever will take it. Freeze some for when it's cold and you want a nice bowl of hot applesauce for dessert.
Sunday morning I made applesauce bread which came out absolutely delicious. After that I went out running, as I needed to burn off some calories before I embarked upon an apple crumble for our friend Mark who was in town and coming to dinner. Turned out he's not a fan of cooked fruit, and I have to admit, I was relieved not to have to bother anymore with the apples. But there's another whole bag of them left so my work goes on. I'll keep you posted.

Macoun apples, my favorite for eating.