Those are some ugly apples, you might be thinking. They totally are, and that’s why they were 1/2 off at the farmer’s market. This made me happy, as apple bruises don’t mean much when you are planning on cooking and squishing them anyway.
When I was young, I had a “child’s cookbook,” and the only recipe I remember was one for applesauce. It was pretty much the same applesauce I made this evening: sweet, spiced, and chunky.
Anyways, homemade applesauce is easy and delicious and it makes your kitchen smell amazing. I suggest you make some, and I suggest you look for the basket of ugly produce at the market.
- 3 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2″ chunks
- 1/2 cup apple juice (or water)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cinammon sticks
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger to taste
Place the apples in a large pot with the juice, and simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until the apples have softened. Add the sugar, lemon, and spices, and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and mash to your desired consistency. I like my applesauce chunky, but if you like it smooth you could blend it at this point.