In this frozen season when we get that craving for sweet and look around for a healthy and seasonal alternative to Twinkies, apples are the answer! The Greenmarkets of New York are filled with delicious apples in countless varieties. You’ll find them with fanciful names like Ginger Gold, Acey Mac and Paula Red. The names may lure you to the market, but once you’re there it’s their rosy skin and fragrant smell that hook you!
Walking through a local farmers’ market it’s hard to miss the alluring scent of hot apple cider. You’ll probably be compelled to buy a jug along with a bag of beautiful apples. If you struggle at all to come up with a use for these fruits, take a look at the below recipe for quick and tasty homemade applesauce. Making your own applesauce is one of the easiest things you can do, and it’s a shame more don’t make their own as it is so rewarding and satisfying!
Wash, peel, and core 3 pounds of apples such as Winesap, Gala or Red Romas. Cut into about 1-inch chunks, and place in a large saucepan with 3/4 cup water. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the apples have broken down (about 45 minutes). And that’s it!
In addition, if you like a little spice add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Sweetener really isn’t necessary, but if you just can’t resist you could add a little raw honey, local maple syrup, or raw cane sugar. Depending on how you like the consistency of your applesauce you could use a potato masher to reduce any large lumps. Another option is to run the cooked apples through a food processor or blender for a super smooth texture. Enjoy!
Uses for applesauce:
- use to make baked apple cider donuts
- serve with potato pancakes
- spoon into hot oatmeal or on top of waffles
- serve alongside locally sourced pork chops