My boys came home from college for the weekend. I didn't have any pressing activities, so the weekend was free to do things that we enjoy doing. I've wanted to try this sourdough pretzel recipe. This is a very time consuming recipe, but the pretzels turned out very good! If I ever make them again, I won't bother 'shaping' them into pretzel shapes, as that was the most time consuming!
Then the boys both helped me make apple pie filling. I still have quite a few apples from our apple picking trip a couple of weeks ago and need to get them processed (although apples do last a long time refrigerated). I made a cinnamon simple syrup first:
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups sucanat
10 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup tapioca or potato starch (I don't use cornstarch for anything!)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 Tb lemon juice (I used the juice of one lemon)
Put everything except the lemon juice into a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly - stir in the lemon juice. I took my sliced and peeled apples and put them into quart jars and poured the syrup over the apples, leaving about an inch of room in the jar. Put the lids on and into the freezer! I had a lot of syrup left over, so I'll probably be making some apple pies and cobblers with the fresh apples still in the fridge. I guess my husband will just have to suffer! The next time I make this, I will use all sucanat and skip the white sugar altogether.
The weekend ended with me whipping up a quick loaf of gluten-free pumpkin bread for the boys to take back to school with them. I use this recipe for my gf pumpkin bread and you would never know it was gluten free!