Thomas and I went apple picking on Wednesday (Thomas’ day off). We have tried to be a bit more adventurous when we have time together, although the couch is often the most enticing place to be. So we headed out for breakfast to our favourite local breakfast spot, and with satisfied bellies, we hit the apple orchard.
He’s so darn cute I could squeeze him.
I wasn’t sure what to do with the bag of apples. It’s now Friday, and I think we ate a total of 3 apples since Wednesday. I mean, you can only eat so many apples right?! I was thinking of making an apple crisp, or maybe an apple pie for Thanksgiving, but I am already going to make a pumpkin pie. Then it hit me – Aha! I can make an apple loaf. After reading through recipes online, I realized if I wanted to cut out most of the butter, I was in need of applesauce (which I didn’t have). And then another Aha moment hit me. I will make applesauce! It is perfect for this time of year, and what better than to add a bit of pumpkin pie spice and some pumpkin purée to the mix?! I was sold. So off to the kitchen I went, wearing my housecoat and sporting some bad breath. When it’s cooking time, who really has time to brush their teeth?! It was first thing in the morning I had work to do…
Don’t worry I brushed my teeth. Just after I finished my work in the kitchen :).
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Applesauce
Step 1: Peel, core and slice 7-8 apples.
Step 2: Add to a pot.
Step 3: Add to the pot 1/2 cup each of apple cider (or apple juice), and water. (I’m sure this would work fine with water only if you don’t have juice).
Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of cloves, nutmeg and allspice if you don’t have this spice), + 1/3 cup of coconut sugar. Stir.
Step 5: Let simmer for 20-25 minutes covered.
Step 6: Using a slotted spoon,transfer the apples (not the remaining liquid) to a blender. If you have a Vitamix, you may want to use the tamper, or scrape down the sides occasionally. Blend until smooth or a bit chunky (your choice).
Step 7: You can eat it as is, or add a little extra pumpkin flavor by stirring in 1 tablespoon of pumpkin purée. It’s fall, why not?! 🙂
*Tip – add a little bit of lemon juice to preserve the applesauce if you aren’t eating it right away. Remember to refrigerate in an airtight container.
The final product…
Delicious Pumpkin Pie Spiced Applesauce! Use it in all your fall baking recipes to replace the butter and fat, or eat it as-is. Yum!
Let me know what you think! I certainly will be enjoying this for the next couple of days. Happy Thanksgiving to all ye fellow Canadians!