I can not spend a month talking about apples and sharing apple recipes without sharing the popular applesauce recipe. Applesauce is a staple in our house. I first prepared applesauce for my daughter when she was a baby. Applesauce is so easy to make. You don't need any fancy equipment to make it.
I make small batches since there are no preservatives in the applesauce. I could venture into canning someday, but I have never canned and do not know where to begin. Plus, if I add another project to my plate, Scott may divorce me! So for now making small batches is o.k.
There are a lot of different apple varieties you could use. Since I want my applesauce sweet, without using extra sugar, I use a sweet variety. We picked Pinata apples a few weeks ago so this was the variety I had on hand for this recipe. The only additions to the apples are a bit of fresh lemon juice to slow down browning and a bit apple cider.
I used 6 apples which made about 3 cups of applesauce. You can use a food processor to get a smooth consistency or use a simple potato masher for a chunkier consistency. I prefer really smooth applesauce so I put about ¾ of the recipe in my Vitamix and them mashed the rest for everyone else.
- 6 sweet apples
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- Peel apples and cut into cubes.
- Place apple cubes in a sauce pan.
- Add lemon juice and stir to coat.
- Add apple cider to sauce pan.
- Heat over medium heat.
- Cover pan and stir occasionally.
- Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until apples are soft.
- Remove from heat.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg, stir to mix.
- Depending on desired consistency, mash either with a potato masher or place in a food processor to smooth out sauce.