There is nothing better than having your whole house smell like fall! I love having quick, seasonal recipes around to make my home feel really special. This applesauce recipe really fits the bill! This recipe is very forgiving and can use apples that may be past their prime. I like to use what I have on hand, but varieties that are both tart and sweet seem to yield the best results. This is also the perfect starter recipe for kids and teens to make after school. Here is my quick, yummy applesauce recipe that can come together for a easy snack or side-dish to any meal.
Super Simple Applesauce
Yield about 2 cups
8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 T of maple syrup depending on your taste
With a cutting board and garbage bowl or can available, begin peeling your apples. Use an apple corer to slice in to pieces and remove core and seeds. Toss into a heavy saucepan. Once your apples are ready to go, add your quarter cup of water and a 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Turn stove on to medium low. You will notice that the sugars from the apples will almost caramalize as the sugars are released. With the back of a wooden spoon, smash the apples as they cook. Once the mixture is cooked through, and your apples are nice and soft, turn off the heat. Use a potato masher, or the back of the wooden spoon, and mix your apples until it is in a thick, sauce-like consistency. I like my applesauce a little more rustic and chunky, but my girls like a smoother consistency. Taste the applesauce. At this point, I leave it—I like the tart flavor verses a sweet applesauce. If you are finding that it is too tart for your liking, drizzle a small amount of maple syrup, about a tablespoon, on the top. Mix and enjoy! This recipe will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days in a sealed container, but it won’t last that long!