Mmm, Mmm Memory: apple sauce and a giveaway

by CountryFriedMama on September 7, 2009

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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

Now it’s your turn. 

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

  1. Send a tweet on Twitter with a link to this contest.  Be sure to include @countryfried so I see it.
  2. Become a fan of Country-Fried Mama on Facebook.
  3. Leave a comment here about the importance of food memories in your family.
  4. For a double entry and my undying gratitude, write your own Mmm, Mmm Memory blog post and link it back here.
  5. 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!

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Jane September 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

Am I the first to post? What a fun trip down memory lane – sending me back to the place where I first discovered my love of cooking. I posted my memory on my blog.Thanks for doing this! So much fun!


September 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

A thing to add to your recipe: You can always peel the apples after they cool some and blend them with apple juice in a blender.
I was getting around to my recipe. It was fun!


Auntie M September 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Ah-hem..I make that same recipe and I prefer using macs…it’s really, really good with them. I probably don’t use quite as much sugar…just throw a scoop or two into the bowl and sometimes a little cinnamon. The absolute most important step is the use of the food mill for the right consistency and cooking the apples with the skin on makes the sauce that glorious pink color! Great family recipe!


Tricia Z September 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

My grandpa was a man who enjoyed variety and quality in food…he traveled often for work, and every time he came home he would bring delicacies form the places he had traveled, like chocolate eclair candies and Chinese food from Toronto. He showed his love through food. Before he died, I made him loaves of seed bread in my bread machine-sometimes it was all that he would eat. Now that he is gone, I am comforted knowing that I showed my love through food too.


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December 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hi Scott, I am still making ur casifwrh etouffee recepie and family loves it as they say its as good as any they have had there as they go once a year from NC. I am going to try this now, looks great.


Kim @ September 8, 2009 at 6:58 am

I posted my link…to a Sloppy Joe recipe!


KathyB! September 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

Can I link my Muffin Man post from today?! I’m just kidding :)

This recipe sounds awesome. We’re going to be buried under a pile of apples here shortly and I am looking forward to trying this out. Thanks for sharing, CFM!


Uncle Jason September 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I cut the sugar in half at least, and I think mom does too now. But that’s me. I’m an anti-sugar fundamentalist. Sounds like there may be some “juicy” controversy about the provenance of this recipe…


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