This applesauce recipe is THE easiest thing in the world. And with the right apples? Oh mother have mercy. This is delicious stuff people.
The best part is, this applesauce recipe doesn’t cook on the stove top. No slaving away over a hot burner watching the apples cook. Instead, you are roasting these babies. Stick ’em in the oven and forget about it.
Roasting caramelizes the apples, intensifies their sweetness, and makes your applesauce taste like the inside of an apple pie… without all the guilt and calories!! I feel great about serving it to the kid, and he eats it like it’s candy. WINNING.
Get out there. Enjoy the fruits of the Fall harvest… and your applesauce will be awesomesauce.
(omg, did I really just write that??)
Easy Autumn Applesauce Recipe
10-12 small organic apples, or 6-8 medium to large organic apples – I used some monster Gravensteins but use whatever is local and available.
2 TB of butter, cut into small pieces- sounds weird, and it’s really not enough to make this super unhealthy… it just mellows out the tartness of the apples and makes the sauce a little richer. You could take it out if it really bothers you. Or you can even sub out with a TB or two of coconut oil.
1 TB of Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup of Water
Pinch of salt
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp of Nutmeg
Splash of apple cider or water
Preheat the oven to 425.
Core and peel the apples. You can do this by hand, or you can use my FAVORITE kitchen tool, the Norpro Apple Master. (Have you seen these babies in action? Cores, slices and peels in SECONDS. Nice when you have a huge bag of apples to get through.)
Cut them into large chunks.
In a 9×13 ceramic or glass dish, mix the lemon juice and water. Throw in your apples and dot with butter.
Roast for approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until your apples are soft enough to squish with a spoon. This will depend on how big your pieces were to start with, so it may take a little bit longer. You want them to be nice and soft and sweet.
Once you have them cooked, you have two options. For smooth apple sauce, pureed them with either a stick blender, the food processor or a blender (I used my Vitamix). You will probably need to splash in a little water or cider to loosen it up enough to blend. For a more rustic, chunky applesauce, use the back of a fork and mash them up. You’ll probably still want to add the water or cider, just to make sure the applesauce isn’t too thick. While you’re pureeing or mashing, add the nutmeg and cinnamon.
I mean, does it get EASIER to make a homemade dish that your family will love? I think not. And while the kiddo is devouring it at an alarming rate, I think I’ll hold some back to serve with a pork dish I’ve been eyeballing…
But that’s another recipe.
Have a great weekend!