Apples and apples and more apples

Last Saturday was possibly one of the best, and laziest Saturdays I’ve had in a long while. What with my OCD planning habits (as previously mentioned), I usually make after-work and weekend plans way in advance. Its great but also stressful when “having fun” means keeping up with appointments…

So to cope with that, I made plans to do nothing this Saturday.

It was great at first: I woke up late, made my bed, cooked up a nice breakfast and caught up on a few unwatched episodes of 30 Rock, SNL, and “The Help” on Netflix instantwatch… and then I started getting a headache from knitting too much and straining to look at the computer screen. It was boring.

So I went to the grocery store and bought a bag of apples. And made apple sauce!!

I bought a mixed bag. To make the apple sauce, peel, core, and slice about 6 apples and put them in a big stockpot. Then add a cup of water, half a cup of sugar, a pinch of salt and a cinnamon stick. To make the sauce taste really fresh and not too sweet, take a lemon and use a vegetable peeler to peel off two or three long strips and squeeze about half a lemon’s worth of juice into the stock pot. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes. By then, the apples have cooked down and you can just mush it around! You can wait for it to cool but M. and I found that warm apple sauce is wonderful too.

R. came over for dinner and also coincidentally bought apples for dessert, so we made apple cream pie.

The “cream” in the pie is really just a fake custard – milk, butter, and cornstarch with some vanilla extract.

Cooling the custard in a water bath…

and that custard goes over this apple pie base!

No pictures of the finished apple pie remain though… we ate that up pretty quickly and I forgot.

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