All I got is apples

I think the rut is catching. When I read Dana’s post last week about being stuck in a cooking/blogging rut, I empathized. It happens to all of us from time to time. And now it seems to be happening to me.

I have not baked in over two weeks. I did have an excuse – my parents were over from Canada and I’ve been here, there and everywhere – but they left four days ago now. And still, nothing. I don’t even have flour in the house. How many years has it been since that last happened?

I’ve taken to smearing slices of white bread with jam, just to get my sweet fix. Instead of delicious slices of homemade cake, we snack on Penguins after dinner. (Actually, don’t knock ’em til you’ve tried ’em. Those babies are yummy.)

This lazy silliness will stop soon. I will buy flour and sugar, I will roll up my sleeves, I will bake! But for here, for you, for now, is the only thing I have managed to make recently. Applesauce, my way. It may not be baked, but it is good!

Applesauce

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

6 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
zest and juice of half a lemon

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, water, cinnamon and lemon zest and juice. Simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, until the apples are very tender. Once the mixture has cooled, use a blender, food processor or fork to blend to your desired consistency.