When I want a special dessert, I make applesauce.
That's right... applesauce. You remember applesauce, don't you? You probably fed/feed it to your kids. You probably remember eating it yourself, in your youth.
Well, I not talking about generic, off-the-shelf applesauce, I am talking about the most sublime dessert treat there is (even better than whipped cream right out of the can).
So here is Gunfighter's recipe for applesauce... feel free to use it or change it as you wish:
8-10 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Juice of 1 lime
Cut the apples into quarters
Core the apples (use an apple core remover, if you have one... I don't)
Place the apples in a pot (the more sauce you make, the large pot you are going to need, of course)
Add lime juice.
Cover apples with cider (apples float, so just guesstimate!)
Simmer for about 30 minutes (check frequently, your mileage may vary)
When the apples are soft enough, use a potato masher to remove the pulpy fruit from the skin.
Using a spoon, remove the apple skins from the pot.
Your proto-sauce will look a bit like this (please note the color)
Add vanilla extract.
Add cinnamon sugar.
Simmer on low, stirring frequently, for about 2 hours. (your house will smell sooo good by now!)
You are done when your applesauce is of the right color and consistency for your taste!
Now... the good part!
Take out your ice cream of choice (vanilla bean for us), spoon it into a bowl...
Spoon warm applesauce over your ice cream and enjoy!
I am telling you right here, right now, that if you serve this to friends/family/sig. other, you will be exceptionally popular.
This is the nearest thing to seeing God as you are likely to get when eating.