Basic Applesauce:Apples are abundant this time of year but more importantly they are at their peak of freshness and therefore have their fullest vitamin content. Take advantage of this fantastic fruit and try this simple recipe for basic applesauce. I am making mine today so I will get pictures up soon (along with pictures from several of the other notes). I got this recipe from Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazine, you can also find it online on her website. Here it is:
Makes 4 cups
- 3 pounds apples, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Peel, core, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 3 pounds apples (try a combination of Gala, Golden Delicious, and McIntosh). In a large saucepan, combine apples with 1 cinnamon stick, 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. (If sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, add 2 to 4 tablespoons more water.)
- Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick. Stir in 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
3. For my own family, who prefer smooth applesauce instead of chunky, I pour this mixture into a food processor and pulse until it is creamy.
You and your family will love this recipe :-)