As you know I purchased 30kg of apples from Lili and Christina’s Green Basket. Today I busted through 10kg making Apple Butter, Apple Sauce and a tasty Spiced Orange-Apple Jelly.
It’s beyond me why company’s like Mott add sugar to a fruit that’s already beautifully sweet. My kids love those little packets of single serving applesauce but at 27¥ for 4 I generally resist their pleas. I mean a fresh apple IS healthier right??? But since I have lots of apples to go through I figured the kids would love this delicious after school surprise.
Most recipes call for sugar to be added to the applesauce but the apples I bought were so tasty and sweet I thought it would be a shame to add sweetener to it. If you’re using a less sweet apple like Granny Smith, you will want to add a bit of sugar or honey to help bring out the sweetness.
The recipe for my applesauce is quite easy to make and I love that you can adapt the flavor to your liking. I used a 1 inch piece of ginger, a pinch of cloves and a spoon of cinnamon but be creative! You could add nutmeg, star anise or oranges to up the flavor. Or you could be a plain Jane and just throw in the apples with a but of water and really savor the simplicity of the apple.
This recipe can be stored in a fridge for up to 2 weeks or in a freezer for a year (use a ziplock bag if you’re freezing the applesauce)
- 5 pounds (2 1/2 kilo) Apples, cored, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup (250ml) Water
- 1 T (15g) Ground Cinnamon
- 1 piece of Ginger, 1″
- Pinch of Ground Cloves
- In a large pot stir together apples, water and your spices.
- Bring to boil over medium high heat the cover. Boil for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Remove the lid and allow to simmer for about 5 more minutes.
- With an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the mixture until smooth. Note that the sauce will be slightly chunky and that’s okay.
- Pour hot applesauce into your jars.
I filled a 1 quart IKEA jar, 1 large mason jar and had about a cup and a half leftover that I just ate with a spoon. I would hate to waste something that yummy!