October is my favorite month. The leaves are changing. The pumpkins are out. The air is cool and crisp. And apples are on sale. All kinds of apples: gala apples, red delicious apples, golden delicious apples, granny smith apples. And when they are on sale what is the best thing to do with them? Simmer them with sweet cinnamon, spicy cloves, brown sugar and lemon juice to make your own applesauce.
My personal favorite apple is the granny smith apple. Its sweet yet tart. The flesh is crisp and the skin not too thick. They are wonderful raw and they cook pretty well too. For this reason, I chose to use granny smith apples in this recipe. However, if you prefer a gala or other kind of apple that holds up well to cooking substitute that instead. Or better yet, why not use a combination of different kinds of apples?
Homemade Cinnamon ApplesaucePrint Recipe
- 6 small granny smith apples, cored, peeled and diced (about 5 cups diced apples)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
Combine all ingredients together in a small pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 - 35 minutes or until apples are soft.
For chunky applesauce use a potato masher to mash apple mixture. For a smoother applesauce use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
Serve hot or cold.