Nothing says fall like the flavor of a cooked apple. Apple sauce is one of the best ways to preserve that taste of warm comfort but I have spent my life over looking it. Growing up I never appreciated this simple staple's power. The older I get I am amazed at how many recipes it makes better. Pork chops are never as succulent with out it. Baked goods take on an ethereal quality from it.
If you like this apple sauce you may never buy another jar after making this recipe. It is that easy and so delicious with fresh apples. Try different varieties of apples for a treat.
- 8 apples (Cortland's are good a mushy apple for sauce), cored, and cut into chunks (peeling is optional)
- 1/3 cup water or Zinfandel (yes that is right, red wine - for a delicious rich sauce)
- 1 tbsp Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice
- 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
In 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water (or wine). Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100%) 12 to 14 minutes or until apples are tender. Check the apples every 4 or so minutes, turn the bowl around if you do not have a turn table in your microwave.
Stir in the sugar (optional) and Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice. Return the bow to the microwave and cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside to cool before serving. If you prefer a finer sauce, mash or puree the apples after it has cooled. This makes 4 cups.
What you've shared:
Christine Levine • I've never made applesauce in the microwave. Will have to try it sometime.
When I make applesauce, I do not peel the apples or add sugar. Rather, I remove the cores, cut them into chucks, steam the apples in just a little bit of water and puree to to make it silky smooth. (Ok, so my applesauce is often pink, but who cares).
Maybe even more simple is to cook only apples, a bottom of water and if you like a bit cinnamon. Easy and delicious!
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Kathleen Vignolini • We do it every season, but it's simpler: dozens of apples, water, cinnimon, nutmeg, & NO sugar (maybe a dab, or maybe honey) cook long, low, & slow. done. mmmmmmm
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