I'll be posting more pictures soon, but had to share these first, and the fantastic recipe!
Over the weekend we visited some dear friends in Olympia, and we came home with a huge box of apples and pears from their trees. I've been craving applesauce lately, so Samantha and I decided to whip up some homemade applesauce with our fruit.
I got the recipe from Epicurious here. We made a double batch, and we mixed up the fruit a little bit for added flavor. We used 11 apples and 3 pears from the Babcock's trees, and 2 honey crisp apples.
We peeled and cut them, then added them and 2 Tbsps lemon juice, 1 cup of sugar (could probably cut back to 1/2 cup-3/4 cup), 2 cups of cider, and 2 cinnamon sticks to a large pot.
I let Sam taste the cider out of the measuring cup. My mom used to let me do that when we baked together. There's just something about drinking yummy stuff out of measuring cups that makes it feel really special.
The we brought the fruit mixture to a boil, and let it simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. We took it off the heat to cool, removed the cinnamon sticks, then mashed it up. We left quite a few big fruit chunks, rather than having it be completely smooth. Then we dug in. It was SO, so, so good.
It was so good, I actually made myself a little sick on it last night. And I just devoured another small bowl of it before writing this post. I might need to have have a tiny smidge more. :)