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Friday, October 22, 2010

Festive Fall Recipe

Do you happen to recall the image on the Metis Linens blog of the antique grain measures filled with beautiful apples? Over the course of the day we were repeatedly asked, “Are those real?”  The apples truly were real and we ended up selling a few from our booth display, but still had tons to take home.

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As fall has arrived so too have precious memories which have made me miss my mom. (For those who are new to this blog, she passed away very suddenly last March.) In the backyard of my childhood home we had an apple tree. Every fall my mom would make my very favorite applesauce.

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Rather than wallow in my grief I decided that it was high time I use my ample supply of apples to give my children a taste of my childhood. As I collected the simple ingredients I wondered, “Why haven’t I hadn’t made this before?”

For Nadine’s Red Hot Applesauce you’ll need:

10~12 apples (Fuji, Granny Smith or any other crisp and slightly tart apple)

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of sugar (more if you like it really sweet) you can also use splenda, etc.

1/4 cup of red hots (more if you want a more cinnamony ~yes, it’s a word :) taste.

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Peel and core your apples. I leave one or two with the peel still on, as I like the texture. Chop into fine bits.

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Place your apples and the other ingredients in a slow cooker on high for 8 hours. Stir occasionally. It is so easy I am almost ashamed I haven’t made this before.

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I spooned the applesauce into small vintage jelly jars that I recently purchased at an estate sale for $1. They are a perfect individual serving size. But you can also place the applesauce into a large Tupperware container or something similar.  It will keep for about 2~3 weeks.  But trust me, it won’t last that long.

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I gave my neighbors a bit of “Happy Fall Ya’ll” as well. 

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Mom would be proud.


Linking to:

Gollum’s Foodie Friday


LDH said...

What a great way to share the love of your mom by making this special applesauce for you children and your neighbors! I am sure they were delighted.

I love red hots! My best childhood friend used to have contests to see who could put the most in our mouth at once :) Silly kids we were!

I think making applesauce with them would be delicious. I will try this easy crock pot recipe.

Sweet stopping by to visit with you!
Kindly, ldh said...

mmm, I bet that smells as good as it tastes as it simmers for 8 hours. Thank you for sharing your family recipe.

Your Friend,

Jen T said...

That looks delicious and what a wonderful way to honor your Mom. Have a good weekend & thanks for sharing. Jen

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Sounds good! How sweet you are... your neighbors must love you!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhh yum!! Book marking this page! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Linda said...

Ohhh, thanks, Laura!!! I still have about 80 lbs left from our apples and this would be perfect. I've already made several batches of apples - we had well over 100 lbs originally - but after a while, I get bored with regular applesauce. This is a nice twist - I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

Linda ♥

Jingle said...

Oh, my goodness, that sounds amazing!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, that sounds SO good! I love the addition of the red hots to it.

I know what you mean about missing your mother. Mine has been gone for twenty years (hard to believe), and I miss her SO much. I am sending you a warm hug this morning and a prayer that God will hold you extra close.

Happy Foodie Friday, my friend...


Sheila :-)

Debby said...

My DIL makes applesauce like this. It is her MeMe's recipe. I love how you put them in the little jars with the flower, so cute.
So sorry about your mother. Little things can sure bring back memories. (((((HUGS))))

Deanna said...

Dear Laura,
Beautiful memories you have from apples!

I appreciated your post.
I have never made applesauce, but think I just might have to make this!

Have a sweet week-end.


French said...

What a nice tribute to Mom.....and I'm sure the house smells wonderful all day...

jeanette from everton terrace said...

First, as I am fairly new, I must say I am so sorry about your mother. very sorry.
I have never made applesauce and had no idea how easy it is! I'm going to surprise my husband this weekend.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I can smell the yummy cinnamoniness (bet that's not a word!) of your applesauce all the way from chilly New England! I usually make mine with just apples fresh off the tree and a smidge of water to keep the apples from burning. I bet my kids would like your recipe better though! I'll have to try it!


glor said...

Oh my goodness, does that sound good. I think I have to try this, adding the red hots to my list right now. Your mom is smiling big I am sure. You touched my heart with this post. Have a wonderful, blessed day.

Karena said...

Laura, I love to make recipes from my childhood and isn't it wonderful to pass along to our chldren!

Art by Karena

Blondie's Journal said...

Your applesauce looks absolutely delicious, Laura! What a treat!


Sara Szatmary said...

The BF would go crazy for this! Thanks for the recipe!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I just made applesauce yesterday--very similar to your recipe except for the red hots! Slaps forehead! I wish I saw your recipe first! I love red hots. Even bought some red hot cinnamon handmade soap last year!

nancycreative said...

The applesauce looks so good-recipes from our moms are always the best.

nancycreative said...

The applesauce looks so good-recipes from our moms are always the best.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love everything made with apples! What a wonderful recipe! I mentioned your blog on my post today! Have a wonderful weekend! ♥

E. Charlotte said...

Really enjoyed this post (and will try making the apple sauce!) What a wonderful way to remember your dear Mom. :) She would be proud indeed.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Laura, I've just come back to tell you we made your applesauce today and oh dear, swoon. I LOVE IT. We cut recipe in half because there are only two of us and I didn't want to have too much. Am I sorry! I'm going to add it to my things I love Thursday post this week and provide the link here. Thanks.

TRay said...

Hi, Laura!! This recipe looks amazing & I can't wait to fire up the crock pot in "Kitchen Stadium!!" Thanks so much for sharing Nadine's recipe. You're right--she would be very proud & honored you shared your beautiful memories of her with all of us.

Love & hugs,

Bettyann said...

what a lovely way to remember your dear Mothere...thanks for the great idea in the slow cooker..take care..

Angela said...

I am coming here from Germany, a lover of apple sauce myself, but I don`t know what red hots are! All I know is cinnamon, and I also think it adds a wonderful taste to apples. But there must be something colorful else? Is it chili (the "hot" stuff)?
I also just wrote about what you can make of apples, but in a different way.

Lorrie said...

I've never thought of adding red hots to applesauce, but I bet it tastes yummy.