I received a generous number of apples- green and red- in my last Bountiful Basket. Some have gone towards the pup’s meals (mixed with grain, peanut butter and banana), some eaten solo and some as a compliment to an oatmeal breakfast. I still had several laying around the kitchen, waiting to be used.
For days now I have been dreaming of fall- of being back in school, of Halloween costumes and holiday parties. Somehow my autumnal thoughts lead me to spiced apples which lead me full circle to homemade applesauce.
I have eaten homemade applesauce on a few occasions but never have I made it. Let me tell you, with a bit of research about how to preserve it, I will be making large volumes this fall when the apples come back full force.
I found this recipe on Simply Recipes by way of Smitten Kitchen.
- 2 pounds apples, a combination of green and red, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Two long strips of lemon zest
- 3-inches of cinnamon stick
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients except water and cinnamon stick.
2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add apple mix, cinnamon and water; stir to combine.
Bring to boil and cook for 12 minutes until apples are soft.
3. Mash apples with a potato masher, then stir. Continue to cook apples for 10-15 minutes until apples are to desired softness. Mash with potato masher, or process in food mill or with immersion blender.
4. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve to your liking- hot, warm, or cold with any variety of accompaniments. We enjoy it with nice thick pork chops.