What was supposed to be a mild, sunny, fall day spent mostly indoors writing turned out to be an autumnal “snow day” for me and the hubby, who was unexpectedly sent home from work due to power failures at his office. We decided to take a little road trip to the North Shore to a new (to us) orchard, Russell Orchards in Ipswich, home to all of autumn’s greatest hits: apples, pumpkins, cider, and homemade cider donuts!
Forget the fact that we don’t have children–the hubby and I still spent the better part of an hour checking out the chickens, pigs (Big Boy weighs in at roughly the same as our Subaru), miniature horses, and goats that wander around and act more like friendly dogs than goats. There was even a troop of guineafowl running around!
Nothing beats autumn in New England.
With apples, cider, and donuts in tow and the foliage in its glory, this unsuspecting field trip was a welcome break.
Then I made applesauce. I don’t exactly remember how often Mom made applesauce when I was young, but the taste brought me right back to my childhood.
Childhood Applesauce for 2
5 apples, peeled and cut into 16ths
few tablespoons sugar
few swipes of lemon through a zester
few tablespoons water–just enough to help soften apples
Place apple pieces, sugar, lemon, and water in saucepan. Be conservative with the water, as you can always add more and you just want enough to help soften the apples. Bring to boil, then simmer, breaking down apples with a fork until tender. Adjust sugar. Serve warm.