Have you ever made something from scratch and wondered why you've never made it from scratch before? That was my experience with homemade applesauce. Packed with flavor and lacking the preservatives that are sometimes found in store bought applesauce, I don't think I can ever eat the stuff in a jar ever again.
Apples - pick your favorite kind!
1. Peel and core as many apples as you can handle. Apples boil down quite a bit, so the more you put in on the front end, the more delicious applesauce you'll end up with!
2. Chop the apples into small-ish pieces and put in a large pot/saucepan. Cover with water.
3. Bring apples and water to a boil. Add cinnamon to your liking. (I can never have too much cinnamon)
4. Continue to boil apples until they are very soft and the majority of the water has burned off. Add more cinnamon if necessary. (you might want to give the apple mixture a taste first...)
5. Once apples are soft and the water has boiled off, use a potato masher to get a chunky consistency with the apples. (if you like a smoother texture, get out your blender!)
6. (optional) Add a half tablespoon or tablespoon of agave. This is probably only necessary if you're like me and like super sugary applesauce.
The finished product:
I'm not sure why I always thought it would be so difficult to make applesauce from scratch. It's really a fairly quick and easy process.
Have you ever conquered a recipe that you thought would be difficult but ended up being easy as pie? Or in this case...applesauce!