This recipe was originally going to be an apple crisp. It's been one of these weeks, however, when nothing has gone quite as planned. After several days of neglect, the lovely gala apples on my kitchen counter had begun to look a bit homely. Since the apples were turning to mush, I decided to just go with it and make applesauce instead. Spying some equally neglected Asian plums, I threw them into the mix as well.
The result was a simple, wholesome delight.
Now that we are in the throws of apple season, I
encourage insist that you make your applesauce. It's quick, easy and super versatile. You can use any kind of apple (or a mixture) andt can adjust the seasoning and sweetness to your own preferences. Best of all, picking your own apples and making apple sauce makes a great memory!
The recipe below can be easily doubled. It will keep about a week in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer.
|Chunky -- just the way I like it! Feel free to mash it up more or run it through a food mill to get a smoother sauce.|
Homemade Apple-Pear Sauce
3 pounds total of apples and pears (I used about 2 pounds of apples and 1 pound of pears)
1/2 cup of water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
sugar, to taste (I used about 2 Tbsp)
cinnamon, to taste (optional) -- I used just a few shakes
Peel, core and roughly chop the apples and pears – sprinkling with the lemon juice as you go, to avoid browning.
Add the water and apples/pears to a large pot on the stove. Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat and then simmer for 10-20 minutes, until the apples/pears are soft. (If you're using only apples, the time may be closer to only 10 minutes. I found that the pears took longer to soften -- depending on how ripe they are.)
Once the apples and pears are soft, add the salt, sugar and cinnamon. Stir to allow the sugar to dissolve and then mash the apples/pears, using a potato masher. I like my applesauce a little chunky, so I didn't mash them too much.
Taste the sauce and add more sugar and/or cinnamon if you think it needs it.
That's it! So easy.
Now that I've picked apples and made applesauce I feel like fall has officially arrived. Let the leaf color changing begin!