Apples are red and ripe, October is here!
Apples are round, red and ripe, it is time for a sweet and warm treat!
Hello October! Autumn days are here. It is again time for cozy woolly sweaters, thick socks, hot tea, apples, knitting, and baking. The sunny golden days of September have left space for the partly gloomy, partly sunny days of October. The wind blows cooler and the flowers in the garden are starting to look tired.
When I think of Autumn, two things come into my mind: pumpkins and apples. The color of both of these gifts from Nature are typical for this time of the year, two shades of red, a color so dear to me, red like the leaves of the sugar maple, like the sumac, like the color of the hair of my first love, like the sky at sunrise, and red like the walls of my kitchen!
Autumn is the perfect time for a nice warm breakfast, as from the coziness of our homes we glance outside at the glittering, shining grass just being kissed by the first frost.
This morning I woke up inspired and I will share with you my enthusiasm with a couple recipe ideas that work fabulously for breakfast but also for many other occasions: brunch, dessert, a lovely gift for a friend, after school snack for children, and more. I love to receive my children home from school with the sweet smell of a freshly baked snack. Sometimes I daydream thinking that this smell will be the kind of smell that, once they grow up, will always make them think of their childhood).
What a simple delight! Apple sauce is perfect for canning: you can can small portions (in small ball jars) and it makes a perfect snack to be found in the lunch box throughout the year. In bigger jars makes for a perfect gift perhaps in a nice basket along with some dried herbs, jam and a heartfelt poem.
Plums, peaches, and raspberries all ripen in late summer, and all three of these fruits are great to make into jam and combine with applesauce.
In the eventuality that you decide not to can your apple sauce, there are many ways to use it besides just eating it all up in one sitting (which might happen, it is so good!): in muffins, bread, and over grains. One of the favorite ways to eat apple sauce at my friend’s kindergarten is over oatmeal with fresh cream. What a great idea!
Pour one inch of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove the peel and cut the apples in small chunks. Add the fruit to the water and simmer until tender and most of the water has evaporated. Stir it together to break up the chunks, use a potato masher if needed.
Apple sauce is spoon-licking-delicious on its own of course, but it good to remember that it can be sensational combined with other fruits. Some of my personal favorites are raspberry, plum, pear, and pumpkin. What you do to combine fruit to your apple sauce is: wash and cut the fruit of your preference and add it to the apples. The quantity varies on how much we like the second fruit to prevail on the flavor of the apples.
For all you apple lovers, I invite you to check out my blog post at http://www.deliciouslife.blog/?s=apple+treats here you’ll find the recipe for my famous apple sauce cake. Super yummy!
Apple Pumpkin Butter
As we said , October is all about apples and pumpkins and what about better than combining the two? Try out this all times favorite! Fabulous on bread, cinnamon sugar toast or just by itself. The children will love it!
15 oz pumpkin puree
2 medium apples
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow mixture to cool 15 minutes. Place the mixture in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve or refrigerate until use. Eat within a week.