If I had left it up to Jennifer Reese I would have had apple soup. In Make the Bread, Buy the Butter she says: Place in a saucepan with enough water to just about cover. When you’re talking four pounds of apples that’s a lot of water. No where does it mention draining the water. Even though I’m a stickler for the rules, fortunately I did a little research first and actually drained before mashing. One recipe I came across said to use only one cup of water. Another said to just cover the pan. This is the second recipe from JR that has been a flop. One more strike and I might have to leave her behind.
While I’m busy being critical I should also say that this isn’t the most impressive recipe for applesauce. The Barefoot Contessa has one in her book that is so much better.
Eat Well and Savor.