Ginger Gold Applesauce

>> Monday, September 27, 2010

It seems like this year, the leaves are changing really early. I mean REALLY early. Maybe two weeks ahead of the normal schedule. Of course, we're now on full fall mode . . . and since we're tapering till our marathon (on Sunday, October 3rd!), we had a lot of time to soak in all the colors and spices.

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day in the kitchen. It was glorious.

We don't have many family recipes. However, every fall, my mom makes applesauce. I remember thinking it was remarkable that she was able to create such an item at home when I was small. As I grew into my own kitchen, I discovered how easy this recipe is. I make applesauce several times over the season -- always trying out new apples and spice combinations. This mapled version is made with cardamom to give it some extra punch. It may be my favorite experiment so far!

All you need are apples, a dash of sugar and spice, and a slow cooker. That's it. Then, just watch a movie. Go for a long run. Or, at least in my case, bake bread and make peanut butter . . . and three hours later, you're done! This particular applesauce is best served warm, but I also bring it to work for snacks . . . and cold is pretty great, too.


What you'll need . . .
  • 10 large apples (we used ginger golds)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Method . . .
  1. Peel all your apples. Then slice them into chunks (do not include the cores, discard them). Throw them all into the pot of a slow cooker.
  2. Add the maple syrup, lemon juice, and spices. Mix with a spatula to get everything coated.
  3. Turn slow cooker onto high and cook for three hours. Mash with a potato masher or process in a blender to achieve your desired smoothness.

And for the first time this weekend, Stephen and I found our way through a corn maze! With a little help from our friends, of course. These photos are courtesy of Lindsey and John:

Do you have a special family recipe that you make specifically for fall? Maybe even something you've come up with all on your own that you now want to make tradition? Tell us all about 'em! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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