So it's the last day of October, it's Halloween, and what better way to end the month than to pay homage to the spirit of Oktoberfest. It's beer, sausages, and flavor explosions. Some friends came over for dinner so all our children could go trick or treating together. Of course, I did the cooking. I cooked brats in beer, onions, sauerkraut. So good. I also made a cheddar beer bread with dill and garlic. Also very good. I made garlic mashed potatoes, they paired nice with the brats. The last component to the meal was applesauce. A homemade applesauce, sweet and flavorful. I chose to roast the apples instead of cooking on the stove to see how that would change the flavor. Oh my, was it good. Not just the apples, but the spices included, and the color, everything ended up being incredibly intense. Just delicious. This was perhaps one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. Here's how I did it:
2 to 2 1/2 pounds of organic apples, peeled and cut into large chunks (I used granny smith and green delicious)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 cup organic apple juice
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put all ingredients into a glass baking dish that has a lid or cover with foil. Bake for 60 minutes. Mash with a fork and put in a bowl. Serve warm or if you prefer, place in the refrigerator until cold.