Making applesauce yourself is really easy and delicious.  Since Dave has the sweet tooth, fresh applesauce makes a good desert and night-time snack for him, and it’s gotta be better for you than Dave’s cookies.  The variety of apples you use depends on what you like, sweet, tart, tangy.  I like to use a mixture of tart and sweet apples, in this batch I’m using Granny Smith and Honey crisp apples.  Pretty much any type of apple works well for sauce. I usually make about four cups at a time, which lasts Dave and I a few days, and here’s how.

Ingredients:apples-in-pan

8-9 medium size apples

1 cup of water

½ cup of sugar (you might want to use more if you use tart apples)

¼ tsp cinnamon (more or less – to taste)

Peel, core and quarter the apples.  In a large pot, combine the apples with one cup of water, ½ cup of sugar, and 1/4th tsp of cinnamon.  (The amount, if any, of cinnamon depends on how much you like it) Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the apples are tender.  (If you need to add more water while simmering it’s ok)

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Remove from heat.  Mash the apples with your handy-dandy potato masher.  Or you can use a food processor or blender.  Keep mashing until you get the texture you want.  We like our applesauce a little bit chunky.  Serve warm or cold.  If you haven’t tried warm applesauce, you need too, it’s super yummy!

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