Thursday, September 24, 2009

Apple Sauce

Last weekend, we took the kids apple picking to an orchard in Maryland, Homestead Farms. It was so much fun and we came home with SO MANY apples!

The apples have not gone to waste though. I personally have eaten almost about a dozen. My son took some into his preschool class to share with the other kids at snack. We also made mini apple pies, apple cupcakes (I'll post these soon)and of course apple sauce!

I made my apple sauce pretty smooth.

Here are some pictures from our trip to the farm.

My daughter loved apple picking so much!! The funny thing is she spent most of the time picking rotten apples from the ground and putting them in our basket. It was hysterical! As soon as she turned her back to get another apple, we would toss out the rotten ones.
Lots of pumpkins too!

Nothing tastes better than a fresh picked apple.

The farm also had animals...a calf, pigs, chickens and lots of goats!!

4-5 medium sized apples, 3 cups (I used golden delicious)
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
cinnamon (optional)

Wash and dry the apples. Then peel and cut into even sized pieces. Add the apple chunks to a sauce pan then add water, sugar and lemon juice. Heat the pan on med-high and bring the apples to a gently boil. Reduce heat and simmer apples for about 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and with an immersion blender or potato masher, mash apples to desired consistency. Serve with a little cinnamon if desired.

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