One of my New Year resolutions is to make a concentrated effort to create more basics from scratch — mustard, ketchup, maybe even mayonnaise. Applesauce fits right into that category. When my kids were much younger I would make them applesauce quite often. Somewhere along the way of busy family life I stopped. Not sure why. I suppose it is just easier to buy it at the market! Well, in keeping with both my New Year’s resolution and my need for simplicity in the kitchen, I am sharing with you my version of Cinnamon Applesauce. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make and because it is fresh the flavor is amazing! Trust me, it’s so much better than store-bought. (Oh, and my mustard recipe is coming soon. Also incredibly easy to make — who knew? — and again because it is fresh the flavor is that much more robust!)
Begin by peeling, slicing and chopping 8 apples into cubes (I use Granny Smith because I love their tartness but you can use whatever kind of apple you prefer). In a large pot, add the apples, ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring often. Your apples are ready when they are very tender (not quite mushy). Remove from heat and put in a food processor. Blend until desired consistency — some like it a little chunky, others like it totally pureed.
In our house we add applesauce to a lot of things: on top of cake instead of ice cream, along side pancakes instead of syrup. But our all time favorite is in a bowl with crunched up Oreos.
(Don’t say yuck until you try it — doesn’t look pretty but it tastes delicious!)
8 apples (whatever kind you like)
½ cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Makes four servings.