Wednesday, September 7, 2011

kids cookery : applesauce

Applesauce in period was typically served as a sauce for meat dishes, and resembled the apple puree we all know today only very remotely.  Medieval recipes for "appulmose" include such ingredients as beef broth, egg yolk, and fresh cream.  I'm not sure you could get such a concoction past your own nose these days, let alone your child's!

Omitting the unusual extras, and sticking with a recipe like what your grandmother would have made isn't a horrible departure from period applesauce.  Sugar and cinnamon, which bring out the best in apples, are period ingredients (even if not exactly the same as they are now).  In addition, even if a modern applesauce isn't entirely period, it keeps well in the fridge for a day or so, can be served warm or cool, and is kid-friendly.  Your child can even help you make it, and imagine their glee when a nice bowl of their applesauce appears on the lunch table at the next event!

The apples you chose will greatly determine taste; Gala, McIntosh and Golden Delicious are all good choices.

To make a rustic applesauce for 4, you'll need:
  • 4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or more to taste
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.  Serve forth!
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1 comment:

  1. Yummy! I think getting kids to help make the things they will be using is fantastic. I love this idea for making applesauce, now that it is fall and apples are coming in. We just went to the orchard and got some today, actually. I will have to get the kidlets to help me make some before our next event. (and they love applesauce with ham, so perhaps it is not a very large departure from the period point, at all!)