Our backyard apple tree is dropping apples like crazy, much faster than I can eat them by hand. Too many of them are already being wasted, sitting on the ground for days, so I decided to do something about it: make applesauce. Here’s what I did, based on a recipe at Simply Recipes.
- 3-4 pounds of a good cooking apple
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large pinch of salt
- 1 cup of water
Peel, core, and quarter the apples. Put them in a pot large enough to hold them with some extra room. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Remove from heat and mash with potato masher or, for a smoother applesauce, use a food processor. Allow to cool a bit and either serve immediately warm or refrigerate or freeze.