I was in the mood tonight for something sweet, and having a bunch of apples left, I decided to make applesauce.
There must be at least a dozen different recipes in my collection of recipe cards for applesauce. How to can it, how to make and freeze it, applesauce with raisins and nuts, baked applesauce with 1 cup!!! of lemon juice, and on and on.
This recipe, however, is one of my favorites – simple and easy to do. It’s great cold, but, in opinion, even better warm, and served over vanilla ice cream ;)
You can really make this with any apples you happen to have on hand, but if you get a chance, do try Gala, Fiji or Breaburn apples – they break down easily, and bake up well.
5 tablespoons water
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh if possible
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 pounds apples – cored, peeled and sliced
Mix water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add in apples and stir well to coat them.
You can use a dutch oven if you have one, or just a standard cake pan. However, if you are going to use a cake pan, cover the cake pan with aluminum foil, and then place on a baking sheet.
Place the apples in a pre-heated 375F oven, and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Stir once, midway through cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Now.. you can do a few things here..
1. You can put the apples through a foodmill, or pulse a couple of times in a food processor, creating a smooth puree.
2. Using a potato masher (like the one right), just mash the apples. I like this method, because …. I don’t have a foodmill, nor a food processor, and I do like the texture of the apples this way.
3. Leave them alone — don’t mash or puree them.
You can keep this refrigerated for up to 3 days, or freeze in an airtight container for about one month.
You can leave out the brown sugar, if you are so inclined, or use the Splenda Brown Sugar substitute, which is pretty good.
Serve this warm over ice cream – vanilla is good, but it also is great with chocolate.
Make an applesauce milkshake — use 1 cup of chilled applesauce and 1 cup of milk, mix well in your blender and serve.