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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Applesauce: Compote de Pommes Two Ways

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applesauce: simple living and eating


Pork chops and applesauce… the line made famous by Bobby Brady is my only association with applesauce.


Click to see scene from the Brady Bunch

I never ate it as a kid.
I never feed it to my kids, and I definitely never made it.

But here I am again thanks to Dorie, spreading my wings and venturing into applesauce. Why not, I tackled pot roast. This should be a piece of cake.

applesauce: simple living and eating

Well, not quite cake, but it was easy after I watched the you tube video on how to use my husband's food mill. You see he was in Iceland while I was making this… yes, Iceland, at an alternative rock concert with his best friends no less… a strange mid-life crisis?

Well, at least I got to sneak off to New York City and meet a fellow Dorista, Trevor for lunch. We went to a very talked about restaurant: ABC Kitchen. The company was much more interesting than the food.

Have I digressed,… yes, applesauce.

girl making applesauce: simple living and eating

With the help of my daughter who cooked down the apples, and basically did the all the work for me; the applesauce was a breeze to make.

We didn't dare to cook the apples skin and core… I was too nervous about using the food mill for the first time to risk it. We did use the coarsest filter on the mill which made a really chunky applesauce. The texture was more to my liking than traditionally smooth applesauce.

I loved the addition of vanilla in this recipe… how perfect, vanilla, butter and apples all work so wonderfully together.

I ate it mixed in my oatmeal for breakfast and on top of yogurt the next day.

Will I make it again… I don't know. I will probably go to Iceland first.


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47 comments:

  1. These looks delicious and I can see how vanilla would dress it up a bit. Good call! Lucky you to have such a great helper. :)

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    1. Thanks MJ... vanilla is actually the way the French traditionally make applesauce. Yes, my daughter is a blessing in the kitchen.

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  2. I like homemade applesauce, and the vanilla makes it sooooooooo yummy!!

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    1. It is really a nice touch. I hope you try it.

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  3. I liked the taste with just a bit of vanilla and brown sugar, so simple, but delicious.

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  4. So, that's a mill.
    You made me regret not doing the second way... I'll do so soon! Hah!

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    1. I barely knew what a mill was... too LOL.

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  5. What a fun project with your daughter! I didn't bother with the mill. I guess I'm lazy. But I do make this fairly often. I agree, with vanilla it is delicious, and a bit upscale from plain applesauce.

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    1. You really don't need the mill especially if you like it chunky the way I do. I just wanted to learn how to use it.

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  6. You have a great helper in the kitchen. I loved the vanilla in the applesauce. Next time, I am going to add in the butter also. Have a great weekend:)

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    1. It is really wonderfully indulgent with both the butter and the vanilla. Really like eating pie for breakfast.

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  7. How lovely that you have a such a wonderful sous chef! Your applesauce looks perfect. I thought it was so tasty with the hint of vanilla. I hope your husband is enjoying Iceland, Diane. My husband and I were there a few years ago. I loved Iceland, especially the Blue Lagoon…I hope you do get there!

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    1. He is already planning his return trip to go salmon fishing. It looks really beautiful. Hopefully, I will get there too.

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  8. This one was new for me too. I ate apple sauce as a kid, but I'm pretty sure that it was out of a jar and not homemade. Dorie's version was good, but not as cool as a rock concert in Iceland! That would definitely get my vote.

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  9. Bobby Brady! The memories! LOL! Good for you for the new experience of homemade applesauce, even if you didn't love it. Glad that you got meet Trevor. Seems like Seattle broke the ice for a flood of meetings! Are you near Route 84? Maybe we could meet for coffee sometime when I'm passing through on the way to or from a family visit in NJ.

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    1. I live right off of 84 Betsy and there is a Starbucks right in Danbury, Ct or if you have time there is great lunch place in my town. Absolutely let me know when you are passing through.

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  10. I have my MIL's food mill somewhere..... but I peeled mine and left it chunky. For turnovers. Iceland!

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    1. OK, another in for Iceland. Are you will to try Puffin or whale meat?

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  11. Love that you had assistance in the kitchen and envy you that food mill. I like this recipe and will make it again.

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    1. There is a constant battle in our house I am a minimalist and my husband loves toys. I'm not even sure why he got the food mill to begin with, but he does make applesauce and tomato sauce with it.

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  12. So fun that you got to meet Trevor in NY. Love that. And love that your hubby headed to Iceland- midlife crisis or not, I am all about "doing things". Fabulous. I lucked out and the sauce melted down basically in my pan. Imagine the slotted spoon to stir also helped the cause. And cute BBunch clip- brought back memories !

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    1. It was really terrific to meet Trevor. He is a very charming guy and I was so bummed out about not going to Seattle it was so nice to meet someone from the group. I may luck out and get to meet Betsy too.

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  13. I used the finest filter on my food mill for a smooth applesauce, but your chunkier version looks great! I cooked my apples with the cores (the food mill is really magical the way it separates things out), but I did peel my apples because I didn't like the idea of cooking the wax in with my sauce.

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    1. I really liked the chunky version. Will leave cores next time. I really didn't understand how the food mill worked, not my normal domain.

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  14. Diane, lovely looking apple compote - how nice that your kids are always such enthusiastic helpers in the kitchen!
    Happy belated Birthday and all the very best from all of us - hope you had a wonderful week, Diane!

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea... my daughter has taken over the kitchen, but the mess is still mine.

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  15. I love applesauce and use it all the time for things not related to applesauce at all. We've gone apple picking for a few years and I've canned the applesauce and this year, we didn't pick enough, so I am very limited in what I have. I am sooooo disappointed! The way I make applesauce is even simpler. I just peel the apples with my apple peeler, put them in the pan on a low-medium heat (or put them in the crockpot) and let them go until they are a pile of mush. The apples we pick must be pretty sweet because I never add sugar and I don't like cinnamon so I dont' add that either. My grandmother used to buy the redhot candies and throw them in to melt while the applesauce was cooking. That added a little sugar and cinnamony flavor.

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    1. I just read a post from my food party about an applesauce loaf made with crockpot apples. Sounds like a great way to make applesauce. Though this does cook down really quickly.

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  16. Oh, Diane, this is funny. I want to hear more about Iceland, of course. Although I haven't posted yet, I thought Dorie's technique and recipe was delicious. However, my mother, my daughter and I all make applesauce often and Melissa and I always use the crockpot. I prefer chunky applesauce but I think if I cook it down more and add Dorie's flavorings, I might get the same result.

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    1. My husband had a great time in Iceland but would prefer to go salmon fishing to a rock festival next time. I did love the French seasoning in this applesauce and I am hearing lots of folks us crockpots which I didn't know about.

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  17. Vanilla in my apple sauce...why have I never thought of this? Visiting from Marvelous Monday where I also shared an apple sauce recipe (super simple and requires no food mill) that I now think I might need to tweak with added spices :-)

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    1. Vanilla is really wonderful in applesauce. I hope you get a chance to try it. This recipe can be made with or without a food mill.

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  18. Applesauce and oatmeal - sounds perfect!
    Hope the concert went well :-)

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    1. He actually really liked a few of the bands, especially the ones from Iceland.

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  19. Dear Diane, Homemade apple sauce brings back so many fond memories for me. We used to have apple trees in the backyard and I could still here my mother telling me to go outside and collect the ones that had fallen on the ground. She would make the biggest pot of homemade apple sauce and I love it. I must admit though, I've never made it for my family. My daughter has been wanting to go apple picking so maybe I'll give it a try. Many blessings to you, Catherine xo

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    1. Such a wonderful memory… thank you for sharing it with us. I love food memories.

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  20. P.S. I'm hosting another giveaway this week and would love for you to enter. Stop by when you have the chance. Blessings~

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  21. We just love homemade Apple Sauce and of course one could not have pork chops without applesauce. Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It is a wonderful combination. And I ended up making pork chops shortly after I made the applesauce because the combination was just so stuck in my mind.

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  22. Your Compote de Pommes looks delicious, Diane. I love the idea of adding vanilla. I always remember that episode of The Brady Bunch in particular - isn't it funny how some things stick in your mind?!

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    1. Yes, the vanilla was a real surprise. And I feel a bit haunted by "Porkchops and applesauce." LOL

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  23. The concert in Iceland definitely sounds more exciting than applesauce. How nice that your daughter helped you!

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    1. He had an amazing time and came back loving some Icelandic bands.

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  24. I'd rather go to Iceland than make applesauce, but I did enjoy this recipe.

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