“I gotta go home and make some applesauce. We have lots of apples about to rot.”
I stood there in shock. A ten-year old girl was going home to make applesauce? If a ten-year old girl could do it, I could do it! That was 7 years ago, and I have been making homemade applesauce ever since. I especially enjoy making it for my dad — sans the brown sugar. He stays on a no-sugar diet, so I easily tweak the recipe and either add an artificial sweetener or just leave the natural sweetness. I still add the cinnamon, though!
I love the idea of using up food that I would otherwise throw away. Rotten bananas make awesome banana bread and near-rotten apples make sweet and tangy home-made applesauce! I think I should hang out with kids more often. Who knows what other recipes I may want to try?
Seriously, the best banana bread recipe I have ever tried was from an eight-year-old girl. She blushed when I asked her the recipe, but when I taste some yummy food, I have to try to make it too! That recipe is in the near future, so don’t worry. I always share the food-knowledge love!
But, honestly, most of the time I make the applesauce with fresh apples. Since my munchkins are a little older now, apples don’t stay around the house very long. My kids have normally nibbled them up in two days or so. Fresh or near-rotten will work — either one! On to the simple, made-from scratch, home-made applesauce recipe!
3 pounds apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
water for boiling
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
In large pot, place diced apples and cover with water, about one inch above the apples. Boil until apples are soft and mushy. Next, drain the water, and leave about 1/4 cup water in the pot for easy mixing. Add boiled apples, reserved water and remaining ingredients into a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Enjoy! Yields: 6 servings