While watching T.V. today I saw a commercial for these on-the-go lunches that you can microwave at work, save time, still eat healthy and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. At the end of the commercial, a little voice came on to explain which aisle of the grocery store one would need to visit in order to buy this food. I don’t want to get all preachy about additives and preservatives in food, but it can’t be a good sign if people can’t even figure out which aisle to walk down to find lunch. So without further ado…homemade applesauce. No additives, no preservatives, and I think you can figure out which aisle each of the ingredients comes from.
If you have kids who are anything like I was, you probably go through containers of applesauce at a time before you bat an eye. If you don’t have kids, don’t ignore applesauce. It’s not just for the little guys. Especially not when it’s homemade. This is another recipe that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday. Or, depending on your locale, a snow day. It literally melts in your mouth. The little pieces of apple that manage to survive an hour’s roasting surrender once they hit your tongue.
*adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
- zest and juice of 1 orange
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 3 lbs granny smith apples
- 3 lbs sweet red apples (Macintosh or Macoun work well)
- ½ C brown sugar
- 4 T unsalted butter
- 1 ½ t cinnamon
- ½ t allspice
Put the zest and juice of the orange and lemon in a large bowl.
Peel, core and quarter the apples, placing them in the bowl as you prepare them.
Pour the apple mixture in a large Dutch oven.
Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot.
Bake until the apples are soft, about 1 hour.
Mix with a whisk (or just a spoon) until smooth.
Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.