As apple season comes to an end, I finally brought the kids apple picking, and my oldest also went on a field to trip to our local orchard. As you can imagine, I am up to my eyeballs in apples!
But to be honest I am a little sick of apples. I did not think it was possible. I suppose after an apple heavy menu since August, it was bound to happen! Because I am in the transition from apple season to pumpkin season, I figured I could combine the two fall flavors and probably come up with something spectacular!
When making a batch of my favorite homemade apple sauce, I stared down the pie pumpkin sitting on my counter. So I roasted it, pureed it. Then tossed some of it in with my simmering apples. Genius. Why have I never done this? Has anyone out there tried this? I must say it is out of this world. As if homemade apple sauce could not get any better... I just took it there.
Normally when making apple sauce I simmer the apples down and then mash with a potato masher. This creates a very chunky applesauce which I personally love. Though my kids do not. They want it to be the same texture of the stuff in the jar.
A couple weeks ago, KitchenAid sent me one of their newest toys. A hand blender. Also known as the immersion blender. To be honest I was not sure what to expect when I received it in the mail. I already owned a Cuisinart hand blender that I used often. Especially this time of year. Soups, sauces, purees. What I did not realize... how inefficient my old blender was. It took me quite a while to get a soup smooth or chop anything in the chopper attachment. It just did not work that well!
My new KitchenAid hand blender, blended through soups like Sweet Potato Bisque, Cream of Mushroom Soup, my very favorite make at home Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the small food processor/chopper attachment whipped up batches of this Broccomole without a fuss and then of course it pureed today's Pumpkin Applesauce like a dream.
Move over 7 qt stand mixer.... there is a new fun toy in town. I can't stop using it!
The KitchenAid Hand Blender comes equipped with several useful attachments. Three blending attachments, a multi purpose, s-blade, and a frother/beater, the whisk attachment is great for whipping up eggs or a small batches of whipped cream, 13 inch blending arm for those hard to reach pots of soup, a blender pitcher which is great for smoothie's and shakes, the chopper attachment is fantastic for small batches of fruit or veggie purees, dips, a quick chopper for onions or peppers when you don't feel like dicing them by hand.
It's amazing that one small kitchen tool has so many uses and options!
One of the things I loved most about it was the 5ft cord. I have no outlets near my stove, the long cord made making soups and sauces so much easier since I did not have to move the pot off the stove. Unlike my old hand blender I now have speed control! This is fantastic so I ca can adjust to whatever food or drink I am preparing!
And last but not least... it comes in this nifty little case with a compartment for each attachment. My kitchen is quite unorganized. This case helps me keep everything for my KitchenAid Hand Blender in one spot. There is no hunting around my cupboards and drawers for the right attachment. If only every kitchen tool I owned came in its own case to keep things together and organized for me!!
KitchenAid not only wanted me to try out their new Hand Blender. They want one of you to have one as well! So you are all in luck. On Sunday 10/14/2012 I will be kicking Pumpkin Week off with a giveaway for my newest kitchen toy! Be sure to check back so you can enter to win one for your kitchen!
When you get one... you can make this Pumpkin Applesauce!!
6 apples, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup water
2/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 tbs of pumpkin spice
In a large heavy bottom add all of your ingredients and simmer on medium/low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are tender and breaking down. With your KitchenAid hand blender with the multipurpose blade or s-blade attachment. Puree applesauce until smooth and chunk free.
Best when served warm. Or pour into sealed containers or jars and refrigerate up to 1-2 weeks.
I think Mads enjoyed it.... what do you think?
(Disclaimer: I have received no monetary compensation to write this post. KitchenAid provided me with one Hand Blender to use. All opinions are my own)