Last year’s apple picking day trip inspired me to make Apple Crisp at home for the first time which turned out to be delicious. Happy with my success and going by how easy the recipe is, I made it quite a few times last year along with applesauce.
In this month of October, I underwent a surgery and could not eat any solids. As the pain was a little under control in a couple of days (thankfully!) yet still on antibiotics, I decided to experiment and make some orange-infused applesauce at home. In my head, I knew it would not go terribly wrong. But it was just the opposite – it was YUM.
I am very flexible with the apples I use. Since I like Golden Delicious in general, I used those and some Gala apples. The tart McIntosh apples are popular for apple dishes where you can adjust your sugar. Since I used the sweeter variety, I had to use very little sugar. And the orange gave the sauce the tangy flavor it needed in addition to the fragrance of the cinnamon.
Ingredients you will need:
6 apples (3 Golden Delicious, 3 Gala apples)
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice or ½ navel orange
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 tsp organic cane sugar
1 cup water
a pinch of sea salt
Method to cook:
- Peel, core, and slice/chop all the apples.
- Start with heating the water in a large saucepan. Once hot, add the cinnamon stick.
- Once this comes to a boil, add the apple slices. Cover and cook. Apples will start to soften in 10-15 mins.
- Open lid, stir well. Apples will be tender. Mash some pieces at this point with the masher. Apples will release water.
- Add sugar now. Stir. Cover and then uncover and cook till desired consistency is reached. It may take anywhere between 30 to 40 mins for the sauce to come together.
- Before turning off the heat, add the orange juice or freshly squeeze in half an orange into the sauce directly. Mash with a potato masher. Stir. Turn off the heat.
Homemade applesauce is ready. (If you want the consistency to be totally smooth, you can blend this in a blender to a puree consistency. Or leave it slightly chunky like I have!)
The applesauce is so versatile. It can be eaten with ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, or just by itself. My threshold for sweet food is so low that I can have this sauce only for dessert!
There is a difference between freshly made applesauce and store bought ones! Try this recipe and see for yourself. 🙂
And until next time, happy cooking!