“Your mind has turned to applesauce.”
Honestly, I just never gave any thought to making it myself when it was so handy.
Fall often brings excellent prices on apples and my crew starts requesting that I make hot cider. They know that I LOVE when the house smells of apple cinnamon so it doesn’t take much to get me on board.
You might not think about it but there are MANY different types of apples. Some are better for baking than others and each has its own taste and texture. For applesauce, I look for Gala, Jazz, Lady Pink, Crispin, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cameo, Braeburn, Melrose, Fuji and a few others that escape me at the moment. Most baking apples are suitable for making applesauce except the Arkansas Black that is ridiculously difficult to squish to desired consistency.
I nabbed my apples for .99 cents for 3 pounds. The produce guy told me that this year was going to be great for cheap high quality apples.
If you have a rat, rabbit, hamster or other small furry, they’d love to dispose of your peels.
(I always use extra apple juice so I can pour myself a cup of awesome hot cinnamon apple cider from the excess. Just a little tip should it move ya.)
Add to pot: 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Sugar or less
(Unless you are using a sweeter apple and then you may want to pass on the sugar completely)
Put the lid on your pot and let it cook away for 20 minutes.
If you want it finer, you can run it through your food processor, blender, immersion blender or mash mash mash until you get there by hand.
Sometimes I like to sprinkle it with a little nutmeg or some ginger. Pumpkin pie spice is a nice little extra this time of year as well.
**When I’m making my applesauce I consider what it will be served next to before I add any cinnamon, sugar or extras. You might not want a extra sweet version to pile on your pork loin or latkes so dial the flavors up or down as needed.**
Put it on top of your pancakes, waffles and crepes.
Heat it up and pour it over vanilla bean ice cream. Mmmmmm!
Hot or cold this easy applesauce will have them asking for more.