The first time I made applesauce, I tried it for two reasons:
- We bought so much darned fruit at Costco that I didn’t know what to do with it all, and
- A friend had suggested applesauce (or any fruit sauce) as a healthy replacement for eggs in a cookie recipe.
After some digging, I found the simplest recipe, ever (though if you have a simpler one, by all means, share in the comments section!) at AllRecipes.com.
I made a couple of adjustments for my family’s taste, but here’s the recipe as we make it:
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped (I like to mix a couple red and a couple green apples)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/8 cup white sugar (this is half the amount of the original recipe)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (we double it from the original recipe)
- In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
See? Easy enough for a monkey to handle. And in this, the 5th month of my pregnancy, when I want to do nothing but snack and snack and snack, this is a great thing to keep in the fridge at work. Minimal guilt, maximum pleasure.
Note to self: Share info about our awesome corer/peeler/slicer… hello Best Kitchen Gadget in our arsenal!
**Song in my head as I write this: Adele “Someone Like You,” from her incredible album, “21.”**