It’s fall, and in another time and place I might be spending this weekend moving sweaters out of storage and eagerly awaiting the turning of the leaves and the arrival of apple season.
In the deep, deep, DEEP South, the leaves are still quite green and the forecast calls for mid-80′s all week, but it seems apple season has come anyway. I saw Macintosh apples at the farmer’s market last weekend, and they got me thinking about my mom’s apple sauce recipe.
When my brother and I were little, fall meant apple picking. By far, my favorite outcome of those trips to the farm was a super-sweet pink apple sauce my mom still makes every year.
This recipe is easy, as long as you have a food mill, and it makes the house smell great.
Bubbe’s Apple Sauce
1 dozen apples (Use Cortlands or some other red variety, but NOT Macs.)
1 1/4 cups of sugar (Yes, that’s a lot of sugar. You could probably get away with less, but why mess with a good thing?)
1-2 T of water
Quarter the apples in a Dutch oven, add sugar and water. Cook on low heat until everything is really mushy, 45 minutes or so. Remove the skin with your food mill. This makes a very sweet, very pink apple sauce. Enjoy!
Your turn, and the giveaway
Last week, I told you how to win a copy of The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life for participating in Mmm, Mmm, Memory . I’m extending the deadline for this until Tuesday night since today is a holiday and many of you are probably off enjoying the unofficial last day of summer.
Enter your name in the contest by doing one, or several, or all of the following
- Send a tweet on Twitter with a link to this contest. Be sure to include @countryfried so I see it.
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- It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a story and a recipe. You can write about making Rice Krispy treats with your mom (back when you couldn’t buy them pre-made.) You can write about finding ants on a log in your lunchbox (celery, peanut butter, raisins: a great recipe.) Or you can write about the time you cooked your way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, wrote a book about it, and sold the rights to a Hollywood studio which turned it into a huge movie starring Meryl Streep.
I can’t wait to see your recipes!