|Smooth homemade applesauce|
No, you're not getting any pictures of my not-so-pretty small red delicious apples because they looked soft and a bit off. How unappealing.
4 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2 inch sized pieces
1/4 cup water (that's 1 tablespoon for every apple I used.)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1. Place the chopped apples in a saucepan. The apples will cook down, so don't worry about leaving lots of space in your pot.
2. Add 1/4 cup water.
|I added cinnamon today at the 20 minute mark, so you can see how the apples have cooked down quite a bit.|
|30 minutes later, you get this|
|I made some smooth and some chunky.|
Questions about making applesauce:
Q) Can I make it with more or fewer apples than 4?
A) Yes, just add 1 tablespoon of water for each apple in your pot.
Q) Do all the apples have to be the same kind?
A) No, I also enjoy mixing any kinds of apples I have. The flavors come out a bit differently each time I try a new combination.
Q) I hear applesauce is really high in sugar and is not nearly as healthy as eating a whole apple.
A) Applesauce is not quite as healthy for you as eating a whole apple because you remove the peel, which is very good for you. But when you make it at home, you know all that is in it is apple and a bit of water. Also, you know nothing has been removed--you haven't strained out a bunch of fiber from the pulp. That's why I feel good about declaring this a healthy food.
Q) I really like sweetened applesauce. How much should I add?
A) You can add 2 teaspoons of a sweetener if you want. Molasses, honey, brown sugar, or white sugar can be good it you really want to artificially sweeten it. But homemade applesauce always seems tastier to me than no-sugar-added applesauce you buy at a grocery store.