This is Day One in a 9 day series featuring apple season! Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.
Every year, Mom makes applesauce from apples on our own trees. This year there has been an abundance, so we have made several batches of sauce. Our favorite kind is chunky applesauce, which Mom makes by cutting the apples into small chunks and cooking them (with some water) over low heat for approximately half an hour. Here are more specific directions!
First, place some water in a sauce pan. Not too much, just enough to cover the bottom, plus a tiny bit.
Grab a pile of apples and peel them.
Elisabeth did this part. She’s really fast!
Next, core the apples…
…and cut them into chunks.
Add the chunks to the sauce pan…
…until it’s about full.
Attention! This is vital to having good stove-cooked applesauce! Do not stir the apples once they are in the pan. The water on the bottom magically keeps the applesauce from burning, so you do not want to disrupt this process.
Cover the pan and place it on the stove; cook the apples over the lowest heat for about 15 minutes to start with.
Here is ours, after fifteen. The apples are starting to get soft, but it’s got a long way to go.
Cook it (still over the lowest heat) for another 15 minutes or so, checking it every so often. Now it is perfect. The apples are soft, and there is a lovely foam on top!
Remove it from heat and add some sugar to it. For this pan, we used almost a cup, but you can vary it according to your taste, or leave it unsweetened for baking. We also like to add a dash of cinnamon for yummy flavor.
Then enjoy it!
Here are some of our favorite ways to use homemade applesauce:
• Eat it plain, or with granola, for a snack!
• Swirl it into your yogurt for an autumn twist on breakfast.
• Bake with it. It’s a wonderful substitute for part of the oil in many recipes. We use it in several of our cakes and quick breads.
• Use it as a filling for miniature apple pies. (Recipe coming soon!!)
• Make what our dad calls a “poor man’s apple pie.” Simply slather it between two slices of bread and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. 🙂
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~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle