September 16, 2022
I love apples!
You know how there are a million and one things in "Pumpkin Spice" this time of year? I would love it if they would do the same thing with apple. Apple everything!
Not Apple Spice everything. Just Apple everything.
Part of my problem with the pumpkin spice craze is, for my taste anyway, there is too much "spice" and not enough "pumpkin." I mean, I love a good pumpkin pie. I just think it should taste like pumpkin with a bit of spice, not spice with a bit of pumpkin.
Anyway, my focus is on apples. Baked apples. Applesauce (homemade). Apple pie. Apple flan. Apple cake. Apple turnovers. Apple cider. You get the idea:)
The "apple dish" I make the most, by far, though is a basic stewed apple. We almost always have stewed apples on hand. Here's my no-fuss version:
VERSATILE STEWED APPLES
8 or 9 apples - I usually use 2 varieties for the best taste & texture
I use an apple corer/peeler/slicer (this is the one I have) to make quick work of the prep.
Rinse the apples and stick them on the peeler/slicer. I usually do 4 or 5 in a row, then chop them in chunks. Throw them in a large skillet and add water just to cover.
Cook on high until the apples and water come to a vigorous boil. Cook on high for a couple of minutes, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft (usually about 15-20 minutes, depending on the variety and how full the skillet is).
At this point you can stir in a tablespoon or two of sugar if they seem like they need it. I sometimes add a little bit of Boiled Apple Cider if I'm using a blah variety.
Continue to simmer until almost all the water is gone. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter and remove from the heat. Serve warm or cold.
You can do a thousand things with these apples.
They're basically ready to go into a pie, maybe just a bit more sugar. Perfect over ice cream. Add a little cinnamon sugar and have them with your morning oatmeal. Throw them in the middle of a pound cake. Over pancakes.
Warm or cold. As is, or add another fruit. On their own, or added into baked goods. Perfect!
Do you have a favorite apple recipe? I'm always looking for good ideas.
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I'm Robin, the designer behind October House. You've found my blog, where I ramble on about stitching and sewing and anything else that catches my fancy!
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