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Apple Sauce

A great kid-friendly dish that small hands can easily help prepare.
a bowl of apple sauce on a rustic cutting board
  • Yield 4-6 servings
  • Prep Time 10-15 minutes
  • Cook Time 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds cooking apples (try a blend of varietals for the best flavor; I like to mix Golden Delicious with Spartans or Winesap – the superb balance of tart and sweet, with a full-in-the-mouth texture, is amazing).
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar, honey or real maple syrup (add more for seasoning, if needed)

Directions

STEP 1
Wash, core and quarter the apples, but try to leave the skin on for body and flavor.
STEP 2
Zest and juice the lemon, adding both to a large saucepan with the apples and cinnamon.
STEP 3
Cover and cook slowly over medium heat, mashing occasionally for 30 to 35 minutes.
STEP 4
Purée through a food mill, then return apples to the pan. Add the sweetener to taste while simmering slowly.
STEP 5
Cook until texture is thick enough to hold shape firmly in a large spoon. Add the vanilla. Use as a condiment for grilled pork or chicken, in apple desserts like cakes and charlottes, or for just old-fashioned spoon eating.

This recipe originally appeared in “Good to the Core: Apples” in the September 2004 issue of Experience Life.

Andrew
Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is an Emmy and four-time James Beard Award winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate.

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