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!

INGREDIENTS
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

INSTRUCTIONS
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!