Outside of Halloween, apple picking is definitely one of my favorite fall activities. Being outside in the crisp air, crunching through leaves, and shimmying up trees - yep, sounds like a perfect autumn day.
On Saturday, my babe and I went to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA. After wandering around the large orchard, climbing ladders and taste testing quite a few apples, we filled an enormous bag with Macs and Spartans. Seriously, check out our haul...
Afterwards, apple cider donuts were a MUST! They were excellent and definitely worth breaking Paleo for. We got a half dozen and promptly ate them all up. #piggies
By the way, Honey Pot also has a corn maze, hay rides, and caramel apples & other food, so the ride up is worth the time. Make a day of it. I thought it was a fun little orchard, albeit pretty busy on the weekends.
As you can see, I'm now in possession of a TON of apples. I plan on eating most of them just straight up because I totally hate grocery store apples and avoid them at all costs, so this is the one time of year that I gorge on apples. However, a batch or two of homemade applesauce is a total must, right?
I'm sure most of you already know how to make applesauce, but I'll share my method anyway. Peel and slice up a bunch of apples, toss em into a large saucepan with a big splash of water, and simmer the slices until they soften. Let them cool a bit and then smash with a potato masher for chunky sauce or smooth everything out with a stick blender. Most apples are sweet enough for me so I keep my applesauce unadulterated - just straight up apple. My babe likes his with cinnamon though, so I added some just for him. ;)
What else do you all like making with a surplus of apples?
Share your favorite recipes!
(Also, how many times can I say 'apple' in one blog post?!)