Apple sauce ought to be one of the easiest things to make. I mean really, all it takes is cooking some apples on the stove and stirring occasionally. You don’t even have to add anything if you don’t want too. Easy peasy from all accounts. I had been dying to make more apple sauce because I had recently had wonderful success – it was sweet, but not too sweet and cinnamony but not too cinnamony. I even avoided eating my apples so they would wrinkle and I’d have a reason to make more. So, I started this recipe with every ounce of confidence that it would turn out as lovely as last time.
Unfortunately, my confidence might have been my down fall. I forgot to add extra liquid to keep the apples from burning on the bottom, and ended up with little black flecks decorating my apple sauce. Luckily I was able to fish out the biggest ones, and the flavor was still delightful, although my pride was a bit dented. So, instead of having you retrace my mishap I’ll tell you how I made it the first time, no black flecks.
This recipe made enough applesauce to fill a quart size jar. The amounts are all to taste and can be adjusted as necessary for the amount of apples you want to use, and will be less or more depending on how much you cook it down.
Simple Apple Sauce
6-8 small-med sized apples, peeled and cut into chunks
1 1/2 T honey
1 Cinnamon stick
Juice from half of a small lemon ~ 1 T or less
A couple splashes of apple cider if you have it, or water
A pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a pot. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-high. Once they really start to cook reduce to to a slow simmer. Stir semi-frequently to keep the bottom from sticking. Once the apples become soft mash with a fork or masher to make it saucier. Mash as much as you like, I like mine on the chunky side (same goes for my peanut butter). Remove lid and continue to cook apples down until the desired consistency.
My darlin’ and I finished off this entire jar with our German pancakes one morning, so its safe to say you’ll still end up with decent apple sauce even if you burn the bottom a little.