It’s just after the first few days of fall, and already I’m aching to dive headfirst into apple picking, leaf raking and pumpkin pie baking. Two of those things I’ve done already… sort of. My husband Mark and I spent this past weekend planting yellow mums all around the yard, and a few days before I pulled a warm spiced pumpkin cake out of the oven, only to have it be entirely devoured three days later. But what I haven’t done yet is apple picking, and boy am I determined to find an orchard full of my favorite crisp, juicy fruit to pluck from a tree plump with them.
In the meantime, though, I think I’ll keep making homemade applesauce from apples picked from the overflowing bushels at local markets. There really is nothing quite like the taste of homemade applesauce, and nothing more pleasing than filling your home with that amazing aroma of simmering apples, cinnamon, sugar and comforting, warm fall spices.
This applesauce is very simple, absolutely delicious for kids and adults alike, and relatively low in sugar, requiring only 1/4 cup. Whether you enjoy it as is, mixed into oatmeal, yogurt, or a favorite recipe (try it as an ingredient in my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars), you will never go back to the store bought stuff. Wholesome, quick to make and cozy as a warm treat on a cool day, this applesauce is the good stuff that you’ll find yourself craving again and again this holiday season!
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Yield: Makes 4 servings
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
¾ cup water
¼ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a large saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
This applesauce can be eaten as is, or used in a variety of baking recipes, including my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.