For the love of pumpkin. It's fall! And we're going pumpkin crazy in America. And my friend Ali makes some crazy-good pumpkin applesauce.
How good? Ask her 8-year old son.
"This applesauce is so good, you should charge people $20,000 just to smell it!" he advised.
Sure, apples, cinnamon and pumpkin make an appealing aroma. But how does it taste?
"They should pay $80,000 to taste it," her son said.
This recipe is a winner. Luckily she is nice and shared some with us and luckily I am nice enough to share her recipe with you! (She accepts cash, checks and money orders.)
"September is my favorite month in Pittsburgh. The weather! Elizabeth’s birthday! Apple-picking! Corn mazes! The return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Wait, what’s that you say? I can’t drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes anymore? What’s a pumpkin-loving, vegan-leaning mother to do? In my quest to embrace fall without a PSL in hand, I took my kids on an apple-picking adventure to Simmons Farm. We pulled into the farm’s entrance and drove (and drove) on the back road — and by road I mean narrow dirt path — until we came to the apple orchard. As we parked on a steep grassy cliff I second-guessed both my plans and my parking brake. Luckily, this story has a happy ending marked by a safe return home and a bushel of handpicked Empire, Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Gala apples.
Back home, I found myself surrounded by too many delicious apples and still craving something pumpkin. I decided dust off my slow cooker and make something special, healthy and, most importantly, pumpkin-y to share with my family and friends."
Pumpkin Applesauce (modified from this recipe)
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Serves: Depends on how much you eat!
9-10 medium, peeled, cored, and sliced. (I prefer to use this handy tool)
1 – 1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon
juice of 1 lemon or orange
½ cup water
15 oz can pure pumpkin puree
1 – 1 ½ Tbsp vanilla
¼ cup brown sugar
Add all ingredients to the Crock Pot.
Cover and cook on low (or if your crock pot is like mine, setting it on “keep warm suffices) for 6-8 hours.
Optional: With a potato masher or hand blender, mash/puree the soft apples to desired consistency. Allow applesauce to cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator. Serve warm or chilled.
|$20,000 Pumpkin Applesauce!|