My Mom is currently in Alaska for the next two weeks helping my brother and his family to move into their new place. Talking to them on the phone has made me homesick to see them. To curb this feeling I decided to make my brother’s favorite food my Mom used to make for us pretty much every week when we were kids. Homemade applesauce!
This is truly the simplest recipe ever! Literally the only ingredients are apples and it takes only 15 minutes to make! I suggest using a nice, crisp apple and not an extra sweet mushy one like Red Delicious. I usually use Empire apples.
I used twelve apples and it fed the husband and I for two meals. Simply peel and roughly chop your apples into about the same size chunks. It doesn’t have to be perfect since the chunks are going to be mashed up.
Add the chopped apples into a deep pot that is filled with about a quarter of an inch of water in the bottom. Cover and cook over medium to medium-low for about ten minutes, until fork tender. Then use a potato masher and mash to desired consistence. I am a chunky fan, so I like to leave some chunks of apple, but if you like as smoother applesauce keep mashing until all the chunks of apple are gone!
A game my Mom would play when making applesauce was to see if she could peel the entire apple without breaking it. I still play this game every time. I am not nearly as good as her, but sometimes I can do it!
Also on a side note, don’t throw away those peels! You can sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar over them and snack on them, if you want.
Anyway, we had our homemade applesauce the good old ‘merica way. With pork chops and green beans. What a yummy (and easy!) dinner!