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Homemade Apple Sauce - Three Versions


Homemade Applesauce

Homemade anything is better than store bought and apple sauce is no different. 

I am posting here three different recipes to please different tastes.

 

For any of the three recipes below you need to use cooking apples. It's better to use more then one kind but there is nothing wrong in using only one. 
Six apples weigh about 3lb.

*Cooking apples: Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.


MY SWEET RECIPE
This is the one I use to eat with the Mini German Pancakes
It's also good with plain yogurt for breakfast or with ice cream for desert
What You Need:
  • 3 lb chopped cooking apples* peeled, cored and cut in small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water

What To Do:
Put all ingredients into a medium size pot over medium high heat stirring occasionally. 
Let it boil then turn the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan.
Let it simmer for 25 minutes. 
Turn off the heat and remove the cinnamon.
Mash using a potato masher to desired consistency.
Serve hot or cold. Store in the refrigerator.



MY FANCY RECIPE
This is my favorite apple sauce to eat with pork or other savory dishes. It's not very sweet but it's very flavorful.
  • 3 lb cooking apples* peeled, cored and cut in small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or cognac.
The pictures below are from half recipe. 




Put all ingredients into a medium size pot over medium high heat and bring it to a boil.









Reduce heat to the lowest setting, cover the pan and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.









Mash using a potato masher to desired consistency.









Serve hot or cold.
Store in the refrigerator.







MY DIET RECIPE
It's 'diet' so no need to say more. I actually do not put any sweetener when I make this version.

3 lb cooking apples* peeled, cored and cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup water  
3-4 packets of Stevia or your favorite sweetener (the amount depends on how sweet you want it - I actually do not put any sweetener)





Put apples, water and cinnamon in a medium size pot over.










Stir to mix well.








Let it boil. You will only be able to see if it's boiling if you move the apples to see the water at the bottom of the pan. But you can actually hear it boiling.





Turn the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan.
Let it simmer for 25-30 minutes. 

After 10 minutes you can see that the apples are bubbling and your house will smell really good because of the cinnamon.




Turn off the heat and mash using a potato masher to desired consistency.
Before adding the sweetener try to see if you really need it. You might be surprised.
If it's watery let it simmer over low heat without the top until the liquid evaporates. I never needed to do this step but I know it can happen.




Diet Applesauce made with cinnamon powder only.

Serve hot or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

Updated July 23, 2013

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