1. Homemade Apple Sauce made on the stove
- About 2 pounds of any variety of apples (I prefer to combine different kinds) peeled, cored, and diced into small chunks
- A splash of apple juice or apple cider (optional)
- Cinnamon, more or less to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large pot, including about 1/4 cup water. You don't want to cover the apples with liquid completely. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, then reduce heat to low (it should reduce by about half).
If you like your apple sauce chunky, just stir and mash with a spoon. If you prefer apple sauce to be smooth, take the apple sauce off the stove and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Store in the fridge and serve by itself, over pork chops, over ice cream, over pancakes, or any place where applesauce is needed. It's particularly tasty mixed in with oatmeal!
Submitted by Laura Grund
2. Oven Roasted Apple Sauce
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•3 lbs mixed apples (I used Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and Gala)
•1/4 cup water
•1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
•pinch of salt
•1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
•pinch of ground cloves
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, core and cut apples into eighths. In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, water, brown sugar, salt, and spices and mix well. Place mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Roast apples until they are very soft (30 to 40 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool slightly then process to desired consistency in a food processor (or with a potato masher).
Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature. This applesauce should be refrigerated in an airtight container and used within 5 days. Great with roast pork loin.
Submitted by Erin Hotchkiss