I made homemade applesauce!!
And I think they way they did it is so much more fun... not to mention, I think of all the quality moments mothers and children spent in their kitchens making everything homemade and from scratch. I bet they made so many wonderful memories.
The recipe I used for this turned out so wonderfully! It is from an American Girl book from probably my favorite American Girl, Kirsten. And I believe American Girls are so classic- there's no age limit to loving them :)
The book is called Kirsten's Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You can Cook Today. I loved looking through all the recipes throughout, and something I loved were all of the neat facts and things they teach you on the bottoms and sides of the pages, like little extras of knowledge.
Since it was a recipe that was meant to be able to be used by really young girls to older girls to make, the directions are nice and simple to follow. And the whole recipe is simple. Just because it's simple, though, doesn't mean it has simple flavor... It turned out so good!
Here is the recipe, shared from the book:
8 apples (granny-smiths work well)
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
(and I added very little sugar also!)
Paring knife for peeling
Measuring cup and spoon
5 quart saucepan with lid
To make the applesauce...
Wash apples, dice each into four sections. Cut away the cores. Add the 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Add the apple pieces to the saucepan. Turn on the burner to medium high. When the water starts to boil, turn down to medium low. The apples will be simmering.
Cover the pan halfway with the lid. Lower the heat again if the apples start to boil again when they should just be simmering. Stir apples once in a while so they won't stick to the bottom of the pan.
Simmer apples for about 40 minutes or until they are very tender.
Turn off the heat. At this point, I let the apples cool down for a few minutes and took them off of the burner. Then mash the apples using a potato masher until they make a smooth, thick sauce.
Stir in the cinnamon.
I used our corer to core and split the washed apples into sections, then peeled them.
Simmering apples... such a wonderful aroma. Reminded me of the last time we
made a hot apple pie.
Adding the cinnamon, and stirring it in.
I'm glad I took photos of it right after I made it, because it was gone pretty soon afterward! haha.
It was delicious. If you make some yourself, I hope you enjoy it!
And just to let you know, I actually cut the recipe in half because I only had 4 apples instead of 8. So it would really have made twice what you see, about 2 jars :)
It was neat- and a lot of fun- to be together in the kitchen and see the way that applesauce is made from scratch, the way the pioneers made it. Just like Kirsten in the book♥
For a fun, country feel, I added some gingham fabric to the top. I think that would be a nice touch especially if you're giving someone something homemade like this as a gift! And of course, everything's better in a Mason Jar.
A little old-fashioned, chilled applesauce sure was a nice Summer treat! (It's delicious warm too!)
It's always a wonderful feeling to go back to the simple things, and the nostalgia of feeling like you're Caroline Ingalls making things the old-fashioned way is just a bonus :)
I hope you have a blessed day!