Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. His poems, essays and photographs have appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate among others.
He is a member of both the National Writers Union, the International Federation of Journalists, and covers San Francisco Health News for Examiner.com.
Fall mean apples and apples mean joy. Fresh homemade applesauce is one of my favorite ways to partake in that joy. This recipe is easy to make, and delicious. I put this applesauce on ice-cream, pancakes, waffles, peanut butter sandwiches, and many other things. I prefer to warm it up just a bit, but this easy homemade applesauce is either warm or chilled.
5 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
5 Gravenstein or Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1¼ cups unfiltered apple juice
2-3 tablespoons brandy or cognac
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons sugar
Scant 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Splash of lemon juice
Dash of salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cook until apples are soft when poked with a fork. Remove from oven and transfer to blender. Add all remaining ingredients blend to desired consistency using blender or potato masher. Adjust flavor by adding cognac, sugar, salt or lemon juice to taste.
Serve hot immediately or chill for later use.