I love fall. I like to watch the leaves change, the cool weather, and the fact that apples and pumpkins are everywhere. I couldn’t resist the large basket of apples at the farm stand and when I got them home I decided I would make applesauce. This is a super easy recipe but I would suggest doing it on the weekend as it takes awhile to cook (about 1.5 hours). Serve either warm or cold. Adding sugar really depends on the apples you use (may want to add more if you use a tart apple such as granny smith or less if using a sweet apple such as red delicious). I would start with very little sugar and add as needed, you will be very surprised how sweet the apples become without any or very little added sugar. This is also a nice side dish to take to pitch-ins, which I have done and people always say it tastes like apple pie.
8 medium apples (any choice), cored, peeled, and chopped
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon sugar (depending on type of apple and your/family’s taste)
1. Mix apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar in pot on low heat, cover.
2. After about an hour (check on apples occasionally as time will differ slightly depending on the type of apple you use) mash up apples with a potato masher.
3. Cover with lid and continue to simmer on low for another 30 minutes.
4. Finish mashing up apples.
Serve warm or cold. Keeps well in the refrigerator.
If you don’t want a chunky applesauce you can always use a food processor or blender to puree the applesauce after it has cooled a bit.