Sunday, October 11, 2015
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Autumn, with its abundance of fresh apples at the grocery and farmers markets, is the perfect time to make homemade applesauce. I adapted the following recipe from Epicurious. It is very tasty -- nice and sweet and "cinnamony." It pairs well with a PB&J sandwich.
Before now, I'd never made applesauce. Now, I'm a convert. Sure, purchasing prepared applesauce is easy, but homemade is soooo much better! I would like to experiment with flavored applesauce like this recipe for cranberry applesauce, which would be perfect at Thanksgiving.
Making applesauce is easy. The most time consuming part is peeling, coring and dicing the apples, which, to be honest, is not my favorite task. What I like to do when I have this kind of task is to turn it into a meditative moment by giving thanks to God for the blessing of having food to prepare and a home in which to prepare it. For me, this makes the task more enjoyable and fulfilling. I also view cooking as a creative outlet and an expression of love. It's nice to have a husband who is so appreciative of my efforts, too. Now, for the recipe ...
3 lbs. apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used McIntosh)
1 cup water (this much water never evaporated; try as is or reduce water to 3/4 cup or less)
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1) In a heavy, large saucepan, combine diced apples, water, cinnamon stick and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 6 to 12 minutes until almost all liquid is evaporated (note: in my experience, the water did not evaporate, but I just forged ahead and the end product was great). Remove pan from heat.
2) Stir in lemon juice and ground cinnamon. Stir well. Let cool 30 minutes, then mash with a fork or a potato masher, leaving chunks or mashing to a smoother consistency.
I'd love to hear from you. Do you make applesauce from scratch? Is it plain with only a little added sugar? Do you add other fruits? As I was searching online for a recipe to make, I saw several that didn't use any water, only a small amount of lemon juice, but I thought the apples would stick to the pan. If you have experience making a no-water-added recipe, please let me know if it works. Thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow!