I was never fortunate enough to meet Pete’s Grandmother Nan Evans but I sure wish I could have. I have heard stories over the years of what a marvelous women she was. She not only was a great cook whom this recipe was taken from, but a great humanitarian. Back in the day in Bloomington-Normal Illinois there was an entertainer that came to town, and she was contracted to sing with a band for the weekend. She was the only Black women in the band and not one hotel in town would let her stay. When Grammy found out she was appalled and took her in to her own home. That was the kind of women she was. To quote Pete” she was special to be around and I loved being with her.” Every Sunday night for dinner she would have her family over including Pete and all his cousins, which would have been ten people. Pete said her Bread was just as great as her applesauce. Pete tells a story when he was in college and had just purchased an MG convertible. Grammy was in a nursing home by this time and he went to visit her. He wheeled her outside and showed her his new car, Grammy said what are we still standing here for? Let’s go for a ride, and I want the top down! Grammy passed away about a month before Pete and I started dating. I wish I could of been fortunate enough to be at some of those Sunday dinners. I would of like to have known Grammy, so I will pass on the recipes for the next generation of the Evan’s. This ones for you Grammy! I sure bet it smells great in heaven from apples cooking, and bread baking. Pete sure misses you!
10 cooking apples any of your choosing, I used a mixture, cut the core out and peel and quarter.
Place in large sauce pan
Sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar
Add 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 of a tsp of ground cloves
Cover apple mixture with about 2 cups of water. Cook until the apples are soft adding water if needed.
Grammy used a bag of red hots, I left these out because I didn’t have any. Totally up to you. It makes a nice pink color.
When apples are soft, take a potato masher and mash the apples, if you like them a little chunky don’t mash all the way down.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
Always treat everyone how you would like to be treated!