The apple orchards are open for business and brimming with apples of all varieties. Take a ride on a horse drawn or tractor drawn wagon; a great way to celebrate Fall by enjoying fresh air and colorful scenery. Pick your own apples and bring them home to make a delicious treat including applesauce, apple pie, apple fritters or even chutney.
You can visit the website “Only In Your State” to explore recommendations for orchards in your state. Here’s the link to recommended orchards in Connecticut.
My grandmother always made homemade applesauce picked from the trees in our yard. This recipe is super simple, and takes less than 30 minutes. Fresh applesauce is delicious with potato pancakes, in oatmeal, or with pork chops or pork tenderloin.
- Peal, core and cut apples into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Add apples, water, cinnamon and sugar to a saucepan.
- Cook on medium heat until the water begins to boil and then lower heat and simmer until the apples are soft and start to fall apart.
- Remove from heat, mash and stir until the applesauce reaches the desired consistency.
- You can serve applesauce warm or cold!
- Omit the sugar
- If you plan to store the applesauce in the refrigerator for a few days, add a spritz of lemon juice. This will slow down the oxidation of the apples preventing them from turning from a golden color to brown. Lemon juice is absolutely optional.