Awesomesauce

Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know. ~Groucho Marx

If you are what you eat, then my son is Awesomesauce. If he is not, in fact, cat hair. But that’s another issue. This is a staple in our house, and I’ve made a lot of different kinds of baby food using this as a base. My son loves it.

A note on nomenclature:

Whenever I make a batch of baby food, I put it in little freezer containers and I label them with bits of masking tape. This doesn’t leave much room, and since I’m also usually labeling several containers (and am lazy), I come up with nicknames for the things that I make a lot or that would otherwise have long names. This one came about because Apple and Pear Sauce is too much to bother saying, much less writing, and besides — this stuff is amazingly delicious. Awesome, even. I would totally make this for adults by mashing instead of pureeing. Totally.

Ingredients:

2 MacIntosh apples

2 ripe pears

Cinnamon

One bottle of beer (A nice Hefe-Weisse is appropriate.)

Tunes (I recommend The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”. Oh, you don’t have it? Then you can’t cook this.)

Mmm, beer.

Technique:

Pour and taste your beer.

Turn on your tunes.

Wash, core, and chop the fruit. This shouldn’t take you much past “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”.

Yes, it's more than two of each. I can count! I was making a big batch! STOP MOCKING ME!

Place the fruit along with a generous pinch of cinnamon in a pot that’s big enough to allow you to stir it occasionally.

Stew it over medium to low heat until the apples are a bit softened, stirring every couple of minutes for even heating. You can time this by stirring at the end of every song (these oldies are conveniently short). In the interims, sip that beer. It should be done before the end of “Can’t Buy Me Love” (the cooking, not necessarily the beer).

It's done when the apples are beginning to soften and the pears are beginning to fall apart.

When cooked, remove from heat and puree with your hand blender, making sure to stir it so that none gets missed by the blades (or use a regular blender for a bigger batch, or if you don’t mind the cleanup). Done! Now finish that beer while you store your genuine, homemade baby Awesomesauce and sing along to the remaining fab tunes.

Notes:

You can use apples other than MacIntosh, but that’s what I always use. Granny Smith would be too tart. This recipe doesn’t need any sugar because the pears provide sweetness. You can play with the amount of cinnamon you use: my baby loves it, so we use quite a bit, but if you find that yours doesn’t like it you can leave it out altogether.

If you’re making this for a brand-new eater, one who would be eating stage 1 jar baby foods, peel the fruit in addition to coring and chopping. Leaving the peels on gives a touch of extra texture (and a lot more fiber) for slightly older babies.

The Beatles: You're doing it wrong.

Uses:

You can serve this straight, and feel good that it’s all fruit (“Yay! I’m a good mom/dad/caretaker!”)

You can also mix it with baby cereal to get some grains in there, or to add flavor to your normal rice regimen.

It’s pretty good for masking the taste of vitamins, and for rendering edible such nasty things as jarred ‘Vegetable Beef Pilaf’ (my son said to his father, “Daddy, I’d rather starve,” but he ate it happily enough when we mixed it with Awesomesauce.)

8 responses to “Awesomesauce

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  3. I got as far as the beer and realized I didn’t have the correct Beatles song. So I hummed as I drank the beer. I am talented that way. Nor in fact did I have the apples or pears. Lovely recipe! I will have to try it again 🙂

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  6. There’s no beer in the awesomesauce? Man, talk about bait and switch!

    • No. You could try that, though. I’m all about experimentation. Just don’t try to experiment with the tunes. Really, the apples won’t cook without the Fab Four.

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