My friend Amanda happened to make a bunch of applesauce last weekend, and it looked so good I decided to try it myself!
I had never made this before, it seemed to be very similar to a tomato sauce. You cut up a bunch of apples, add water and simmer covered for 1/2 hour, mash, add sugar and cinnamon, simmer again uncovered until thickened.
So as you can see, I went with the "simple" route. I find that always to be best. Almost every applesauce "recipe" I found online called for a substantial amount of improvisation, but here is how I did it and here's a list of the ingredients I used.
- Apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- Lemon Juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
- Brown Sugar
- 1 - 2 cups of water
- 1 Cinnamon stick
Instead of measuring out how many lbs of apples I needed, or relying on a specific number of apples, I decided to just chop apples until I had enough slices to fill the pot I was using. I then added enough water to come up about halfway up the apples. Cover that and let it simmer for 1/2 hour. Remove the lid and mash with a potato masher.
After I mashed the sauce I added 4 oz of brown sugar and a cinnamon stick. It's probably going to be runny at this point, but that's fine. This is always my favorite part of making a sauce. Let it simmer uncovered for an hour or longer. As long as it takes to thicken up. Just be patient, Time is the best ingredient you can cook with.
Anyway! This is a down-n-dirty little blog I'm writing here. I have to get off to work, but comment below if you have any questions!
Oh! And as for Jarring this sauce, I found this link to be very helpful! My friend Amanda sent it to me.