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Apple season continues here in Washington state and the harvest is bountiful.  I spent the evening cooking up another big batch of applesauce to help get me through the winter.  I love how the smell of the apples cooking makes the whole house feel like fall.

Having all this applesauce around also means that I get to have one of my favorite breakfasts, Quick Apple Crumble.  It is the perfect pick me up on cold fall or winter mornings.  Just put some of you applesauce in a bowl and warm it up in the microwave then top it off with your favorite granola.  I like to use homemade maple coconut pecan granola. 

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The flavor is mildly sweet and infinitely satisfying.  It’s like getting to have dessert for breakfast!

Making that batch of applesauce means that I finally got to take pictures for An Apple A Day.  So if you want to see some more apple love, just take a gander at that post and enjoy the bounty of fall.

 

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I got a wonderful surprise at the office this afternoon in the form of tasty, organic apples.  My co-worker brought in a bag full of lovely Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples that she had picked from apple trees in her backyard.  My head is whirling with all of the yummy goodies that I will be able to cook up with them. 

When I got home tonight my first order of business was to make a big pot of applesauce with the Goldens.  Applesauce is so easy to make and requires just a bit of effort.  The effort is well worth it too.  Not only do you get a scrumptious treat, but your whole house smells wonderfully and distinctively like autumn.

 

I keep things really simple and basic when making applesauce.  First peel, core and chop the apples.  Then place the apples in your pot and pour in a combination of half water, half apple juice so that the liquid comes to just below the top of your apples. 

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Boil the apples until they are very tender, then add cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or any other seasonings that appeal to you and mash until it is as smooth or chunky as you like.  I like my applesauce pretty thick so I will continue to cook it down a bit after it has been mashed.  The best thing about applesauce is that you can adjust it to meet your tastes very easily.

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I also whipped up an Apple-Cinnamon Upside Down Cake.  I found the recipe today on the Veg Cooking blog and just had to try it.  As usual, I did make a few adjustments to the recipe.  I used Fuji apples instead of Gala, did 2 layers of apples instead of one and dusted my pan with cinnamon instead of flour.  I also didn’t use parchment paper to line my pan and it didn’t seem to make much difference.  The cake came out perfectly and tastes divine.

With apple season in full swing I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy them.  I would love to know what your favorite apple recipes are and what variety of apples you like best.

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