Apple sauce

When I stepped outside after work this morning, the first thing I noticed was the chill that seemed to cut right through my coat. The second thing I noticed was the steam of my breath lingering in the air. As I walked to the bus stop, all I could think about was how I needed a nice hot bowl of something to warm up my body and soul. So I stopped at the grocery store on my way home and picked up ingredients for soup. Oh, and I bought apples. Lots of apples.

I haven’t made the soup yet, but I did make this:

Apple sauce

Lovely and delicious apple sauce. I used McIntosh apples which are well known for cooking down into a soft mush – not quite the thing for pies but absolutely perfect if you want to make a sauce.

Apple Sauce

6 McIntosh apples
1 – 2 cups of water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar, optional

Cut the apples into quarters and remove their cores. Place the apples into a pot with a cup or so of water. Turn the heat to high, and as soon as the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and place a lid on the pot. Simmer the apples until they break down completely, stirring often. As the apples break down and become more saucelike, they may sputter as they simmer – try to stand back and use a long handled spoon to stir them so that you avoid being splashed with scalding applesauce*. When the apples have cooked down completely, strain out the skins and any pulpy bits remaining by passing the sauce through a food mill or using a spoon to push it through a seive. Discard the skins and return the sauce to the pot, seasoning with the sugar and cinnamon to taste. Enjoy warm or cold!

By the end of the cooking time, the lid was doing double-duty for me as a shield.