kthread cooks: saucy apples

Last year about this time, Dana and I picked apples at Carter Mountain (more from that adventure at the bottom of this post), and so it’s applesauce I’m craving right now in Miami, where the leaves don’t change.

Spiked with cinnamon, and topped with macerated pluots, the kthread version can be taken further (toast some granola and add ice cream, or, alternately, ladle under roasted pork tenderloin) or eaten as is, along with cheese (I like Parrano). I do think apples should accommodate our additions—suppose that’s rather American of me.

Recipe: For one, quarter and roughly chop four apples (don’t peel), and add to a pan on medium with 2 tbsp unsalted butter. Add one-half cup of cider, cover; smush apples every five minutes for fifteen minutes or until the apples are your preferred consistency. Meanwhile, cover diced dried fruit with rum or bourbon in a small bowl. Fill a bowl with the apples, top with a tablespoon of macerated fruit, sprinkle cinnamon, and squeeze some lemon over (if you have). A very tiny bit of salt will add depth to the sweetness.

listening recommendation: Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life

reading recommendation: the apple chapter of Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire

saucy apple wallpaper on Flickr

drink pairing: more of the unfiltered, unpasteurized cider

salt recommendation: tiny bit of sel Gris

What do you stir into applesauce?

  1. I like the idea of cooking apples.
    When I was a kid, for a disturbingly long period, I supposedly only ate apples, and nothing else. My parents were concerned and it took a long time for me to consume something else.
    Just proves that apples are full of juicy goodness.
    Here’s to greater apple obsession in adulthood.

  2. Dana says:

    I’ve been thinking about our trip to Carter Mtn lately, myself. Strangely enough, just this weekend I had a craving for that very crepe we had the day of our adventure (nutella, apples and strawberries) so I bought one and reminisced.

  3. Kristen says:

    Antony, how interesting that you only desired that fruit.

    Dana, I’m happy to hear that. I’ll never forget learning to use the apple picker as I flailed at branches and you cartwheeled…

    Amanda, that cider cocktail looks fabulous; we may need to go try it this weekend when I’m in town—

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