I seem to be in the mode of easy, throw-it-in-a-pot recipes lately. Well, here’s another, and it’s just wonderful. You and your kids will both love it!!
Simple & Spectacular Homemade Applesauce
- 3 lb Apples (approximately 8 medium-sized apples)
- 1/3 C Packed Brown Sugar (add a bit more if using sour apples, a bit less if using particularly sweet apples)
- 1/2 C Water
- 1/2 t Salt
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
1. Wash, core, and chop the apples into small chunks.
2. Place apples and cinnamon stick in a saucepan with the water, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until the apples are falling apart and beginning to become soupy (30-45 minutes).
3. Raise the heat to medium and add brown sugar and salt. Cook uncovered until applesauce becomes the thickness you like (10-20 minutes), stirring fairly constantly.
4. Remove from heat, taste and adjust sugar as necessary, then let sit for 5 minutes so the flavors to come together.
Makes 5 cups. Can be served warm, cold, or even with vanilla ice cream!
1. Use whatever type of apples you have. It’s a lot like making tomato sauce from garden tomatoes: different types of apples will add different flavors and levels of complexity. This time, I used Braeburn, Winesap (our favorite!), and Cameo apples.
2. If you want a uniform texture, you can peel the apples (but you lose the nutrients in the skin). Or you can blend the final product in a blender, mixer, or food processor.