Saturday, December 4, 2010
Homemade APPLE SAUCE
There's nothing like the scent of baked goods in the oven/fresh from the oven. I've found the scent of fresh apples cooking on the stove (with some cinnamon of course) to come quite close to the same comforting aroma.
While you spend time inside decorating or keeping warm, cut up a few apples (a variety makes for more flavor...even add pears too). I like keeping teh apple skin on...you may wish to get rid of it. When you cut the apples make sure no rough parts of teh core remain, you want the applesauce to be smooth. The smaller you dice the fruit, the less cooking time needed.
To make the applesauce, melt some butter in a pot (to line it so the apples do not stick), add the diced apples to the melted butter and add cinnamon (to taste). Cook on low or medium low until the apples have reduced to a sauce. You may serve as is, or blend to make the consistency more like store bought.
Store in the refrigerator. Serve warm or cold. Perhaps warm applesauce over a muffin for breakfast?
While apples are in season, take advantage of the lower prices and make homemade applesauce. It does not take much time and it eliminates the preservatives you'd consume in a store bought product.