This little number I whipped up in the kitchen doesn't sound all that interesting, but let me tell you---there's a reason people say to not judge a book by its cover--or in this case...a side/snack/dessert/almost condiment by its name. I never thought much about applesauce, except for the fact that we always had it with a pork loin dinner or for the base of mixed in antibiotics when we were sick as kids. I think the latter scenario never made me really indulge past the age of 10. With a surplus of apples on hand (shocking that we would have an absurd amount of produce), I decided to try my hand at making my own applesauce.
Apple Pie Applesauce (makes ~16oz depending on size of apples)
- 8-10 small-medium apples (I used 5 macintosh, 3 rome)
- 2 Tbsp white granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 c water
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (according to personal taste--I used 1/2 tsp)
(This recipe is so simple it'll make you wonder why you ever bought applesauce in a jar). Peel, core and chop all of the apples. Put the apples in a sauce pan and add the sugar, water and cinnamon. Cook the apples covered over medium heat about 20-25 minutes until soft. Mash the apples with a potato masher until desired consistency (I left it a little chunky). *If you don't have a potato masher, go get one...just kidding, use a fork--but you might have to cook your apples just a little bit longer.
Let the apple sauce cool at room temperature before refrigerating.
As you lazily eat spoonful after spoonful wonder why you ever paid for jarred apple sauce.