It was fall break and many families took advantage of this time to travel within our beautiful country, France. We went to Marseille in the south of France to visit my belle mère and of course I came back with 3 liters of olive oil.
I reaped in the goods from friends as well: calissons d'Aix au chocolat, piment d'Esplette, sel de Guérande. Add a crate of garden apples to that and a shoebox of whole shell walnuts and I feel like it's the night before Christmas.
Pictured above are my speckled beauties from the garden of Eden—literally. Eden goes to school with my daughter, Mila and she picked these apples for us.
From a garden in Limousin to my Parisian table...here we have some good 'ole fashioned apple sauce!
Good 'Ole Fashioned Apple Sauce
INGREDIENTS//Yields 450 ml or 2 cups
• 11 Golden apples, peeled, deseeded, sliced
• 1 cinnamon stick
• pinch of lemon zest
• 67 grams (1/3 cup) brown sugar
• 100 ml (a little less than 1/2 cup) water
In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, combine all your ingredients and cover with a lid.
Bring it to a boil on high heat and then turn down the heat to let it simmer until it all softens. It should take about 20 minutes.
You can either mash the apples by hand for a chunkier consistency or use a blender for a purée.