About a week and a half a go, a girlfriend of mine came to ours and shoved a huge bag of apples into my arms. She, as it turns out, already had a bag of apples at home and didn’t want these ones to go to waste. Grown in her friends back yard, these apples were beautiful. Some small, some humongous, red, green, etc. They were bitter and sweet. Just a great mix.
For a couple days they sat in the kitchen, and I wasn’t sure what to do with them. Pies, cakes, cookies, my mind explored every possibility these little pieces of happiness could turn into. Until I realised, my daughter never eats applesauce.
Doesn’t every American kid eat applesauce? Isn’t this a right of passage in some way? See, they don’t sell small cups of it here like they do in the states, and we would never eat enough to justify buying the huge jar.
So for the first time in my life, I made this bomb-ass-applesauce. I hope you guys enjoy it, but fair warning- it is pretty spiced which probably isn’t for every toddler, but warm with pancakes will make any adult happy 🙂
What you need:
– Apples, probably between three and four pounds will be good for leftovers to freeze or vacuum seal.
– one lemon
– cinnamon- all-spice
– brown sugar (this is a judgement call. I put in about one tablespoon to just give it a tiny hint of sweet, but you can totally omit it if you or your kids are sugar free!)
-Hand blender/ blender/ potato masher
The (very easy) Method:
–First you need to peel & core the apples, and then cut them into slices about the length of your thumb. They don’t need to look good, they will get mashed.
-Slice two THIN slices of the lemon, careful here- don’t want bitter ‘sauce!
-Throw the apples, lemon slices and just a bit of water into a pot and boil. You want about two inches of water in the pot, you can always add more if the apples start to stick, but better to start with too less.
-Add as much of the spices as it fits for your personal/ families taste. I did about one and half teaspoons of cinnamon, two dashes of all spice, and a little less than a teaspoon of nutmeg. I eye-balled the amounts, you can smell how strong it will be and that is a great guide.
-Keep stirring, and once the apples are soft and cooked, remove the lemon slices.
-Get your hand blender/ blender/ masher ready- and mash/ blend to preferred consistency- the best is when there are still chunks!
Enjoy warm, enjoy cold, just make sure to enjoy!