This Apple themed baker’s collective post is brought to you in honor of Ithaca Apple Fest!
There is apple sauce and then there is apple sauce. Apple Sauce of the store bought variety can be tasty to be sure, but there is nothing like a nice hot steaming bowl of textured, delicious, sweet, tangy, tart, smooth, piping hot Homemade apple sauce.
Apple Sauce is incredibly easy to make. All you need are the following ingredients and an hour or two:
Apples (as many as you want, the apples will cook down a lot, so feel free to get WAY more apples than you think you need – 1 peck of apples makes a quart of apple sauce)
Apple Cider (if you are short on cider, apple juice works fine, and in a pinch so does water)
A couple tablespoons of sugar (to taste)
Some cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice (to taste)
Get Your apples, Dennis of Little Tree Orchards at the Ithaca Farmers Market recommended we get a mixture of apple types. We had a full peck of red deliciouses, honey crisps, Idareds, and Jonagolds.
Peel and Chop the Apples! There are some fancy apple core removing devices out there, but if you have the time its just as fun to sit down with a friend and become a peeling chopping duo! (I would do about 3/4 inch sized pieces- but it doesn’t really matter the size- but just so you know, the bigger the piece the longer the sauce takes to boil down)
At the end of your endeavor you will have a whole pot of chopped apples and a whole bunch of apple peels
Put your apples on the stove and turn up the heat. Add some apple cider (apple juice, or water works too!), some sugar (it doesn’t need much but if you have a sweet tooth put a couple of table spoons), and your spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice etc).
Bring your pot to a boil. Once boiling turn it back down to a simmer. Let your sauce sit stirring occasionally, if you notice your pot is running low on liquid just pour some more cider in to make sure that it doesn’t burn. This whole process should take 1-2 hours. Depending on how chunky/textured you want it you can take it off sooner. I usually like some crunch so I only boil it for an hour.
Enjoy your delicious apple sauce, on its own, hot, cold, in a pie as a filling, or as a delicious topping for some pumpkin ice cream.