Friday, September 26, 2014

Try It: $20,000 Pumpkin Applesauce

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.)

From Ali:
"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!