Applesauce is so easy to make, and yet I always somehow buy it in jars at the store. Kinda dumb, since I use a lot of it in baked goods and I eat it often before or after working out, or simply as dessert. I figured it would be a good idea to start making my own, especially since apples are still cheap! I don't know why I haven't done that sooner. Laziness I guess... Anyway, so I got a 5 lbs bag of Cortlands for very cheap, and as much as I love biting into an apple and just eat it raw, 5 lbs is a lot for a single person. Originally I wanted to make muffins but realized I was out of baking powder and didn't have time to get to the store. So I opted for this. I'm glad I did. AND...I still have a lot of apples so I'll make muffins on sunday. Here's what you'll need for about 2 cups of applesauce:
5-6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped Juice of 1 lemon 2 TBSP water 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat until the apples are soft. Turn the heat off and let cool a bit.
Mash with a potato masher, or blend with a hand blender if you like it smooth. (I chose to mash it so that it's still a little chunky)