homemade applesauce.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

homemade applesauce

applesauce can be ruined real quick like when introduced to a blender. it needs a texture that in no way resembles baby food. unless of course you have a baby, then by all means blend away.

makes an impressive side dish for a thanksgiving feast, as does this recipe. oh no big deal, made my own applesauce. suck it green bean casserole.

homemade applesauce
6-8 tart red apples, peeled, cored, and diced (reserve the peel of 1 apple)
1 orange
1 lemon
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves (if you don't have it on hand, just leave it out)

1. preheat the oven to 350F.
2. place the diced apples in a dutch oven or enameled iron pot with a lid. toss the reserved red peel on top (it gives the applesauce a nice color).
3. zest and juice the lemon and pour on top. same for the orange.
4. add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. i had whole cloves on hand which i just fished out later.
5. put the lid on top and cook for a little over an hour, or until all the apples are soft.
6. discard the apple peel and whisk together until smooth.

homemade applesauce

serve warm or at room temp.

recipe adapted from the barefoot contessa (who else?).


Jessie Ammons said...

suck it, green bean casserole. ha!

Monica L. Shulman said...

I used to make something like this for lucia when she first started solids. She was OBSESSED. I made it with pears too. Of course now she isn't really a fan of anything too mushy since I always blended it but you're right that it would make an amazing side dish. green beans can suck it indeed.

Ana Cooks said...

oh my god...this must be so delicious!
i'm gonna try it for sure!

The Egg said...

i'm pinning this!
i've never made homemade applesauce but it looks delicious!

xo the egg out west.

Little Rus said...

Thank you for a recipe - I've been looking for one and your version sounds absolutely yummy! x

Anonymous said...

an even easier approach to applesauce that tastes so good, i can't imagine trying a more complicated recipe:

fill your crockpot with diced apples (peels on or off, according to your preference). or you can use a covered pot on low heat. i use a random mix of a variety of apples.

add 1/2 - 1 cup of water. cover apples with very generous sprinkling of cinnamon. turn on crockpot and leave on for hours.

done. delicious, no added sugar, and only 2 ingredients plus water.

Jillian said...

Seriously, Ina Garten has the best recipes, doesn't she? I was so late to the party when I realized that. This episode was just on a few weeks ago and I remember it looking so delicious. Not a raw apple person, so I definitely appreciate recipes like this.

the southern hostess said...

I have a feeling I could live off of that. Yum.

Susan said...

The color is so vibrant...yes, I'm used to baby food like versions of it. Soon to be making baby food versions of my own!

Suzanna said...

I'm dying for this right now.

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