Oma’s Easy Applesauce & An Oktoberfest Menu

Our Family Oktoberfest Anchored by Easy, Yummy Applesauce

One of our family’s favorite fall events is Oktoberfest.  Our local German-American club puts on a wonderful festival.  Every year, we join our friends for a fun-filed day of German food, drinks, and entertainment.  But, this year, we decided to avoid the crowds and we created our own menu.

This menu is inspired by our travels to Germany and many friends we have made there over the years. You see, my husband, known here as Reddy Killowatt, gets to travel to Germany quite a bit for work and, over the years, we have had the opportunity to enjoy all the welcoming people, wonderful food and beautiful sites of Germany. Making an authentic Oktoberfest meal at home brings back all of those wonderful memories.

Oktoberfest Menu at Home

Appetizers and Drinks

  • Gugelhupf (a special German bread) served with Liebfraumilch or Liebfrau(e)nmilch wine
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Riesling Wine
  • Various German Beers

Dinner

Dessert

We will be posting many of these recipes in the coming days, but first up – Oma’s Easy (and legendary) Applesauce.

I have been making homemade applesauce for my family for years.  They are so spoiled that they won’t even taste the store-bought kind!  Homemade is all they know and love … and your family will, too!

This recipe is so easy and tasty.  For best results, make sure you use Macintosh apples.  My mom always bought Macintosh and so do I.  I also use a Foley food mill to make this sauce.

Oma’s Easy Applesauce

Ingredients:
3 pounds MacIntosh apples, washed and quartered (do not peel)
1/2 cup water
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will also need a large bowl, a large pot and a sharp paring knife, as well as a Foley food mill  (one of the best inventions ever made for cooking!).

Wash and quarter apples.  Cut out the seeds in center.  Do not peel; there is no need to peel, as the Foley food mill will eventually separate the peels from the sauce and add a lovely rosy color to your apple sauce.

Put all apples in a large pot.

Add 1/2 cup water.  Put the lid on and cook on the “simmer” setting for about 1/2 hour, stirring every once in a while so as not to burn.

When apples are cooked and all skins have separated from the apples, place the Foley food mill over a large bowl and spoon the apple mix into the mill.  Turn the handle of the mill until the apples are in the bowl and all of the skins are in the Foley food mill.  Remove the mill.

Add the sugar to the sauce while still warm.  Sweeter apples won’t need as much sugar as tart ones, so start with 1/2 cup of sugar, stir until dissolved and then taste test the sauce.  Add more if needed.

Add the cinnamon and stir in completely.

Pass the bowls, spoons and bread and enjoy.  You will be the angel of the family.

Oma Roseddy

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Oma's Easy Applesauce

Ingredients:

3 pounds MacIntosh apples, washed and quartered (do not peel)
1/2 cup water
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will also need a large bowl, a large pot and a sharp paring knife, as well as a Foley food mill (one of the best inventions ever made for cooking!).

Wash and quarter apples. Cut out the seeds in center. Do not peel; there is no need to peel, as the Foley food mill will eventually separate the peels from the sauce and add a lovely rosy color to your apple sauce.

Put all apples in a large pot.

Add 1/2 cup water. Put the lid on and cook on the "simmer" setting for about 1/2 hour, stirring every once in a while so as not to burn.

When apples are cooked and all skins have separated from the apples, place the Foley food mill over a large bowl and spoon the apple mix into the mill. Turn the handle of the mill until the apples are in the bowl and all of the skins are in the Foley food mill. Remove the mill.

Add the sugar to the sauce while still warm. Sweeter apples won’t need as much sugar as tart ones, so start with 1/2 cup of sugar, stir until dissolved and then taste test the sauce. Add more if needed.

Add the cinnamon and stir in completely.

Pass the bowls, spoons and bread and enjoy. You will be the angel of the family.

Oma Roseddy

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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