Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Making Fresh Applesauce

I always have a pork tenderloin on hand for a quick weeknight dinner.  A pork tenderloin roasts in about 20 minutes and if you buy one of the marinated options there is absolutely no prep time required.  That can be a real life saver when you are running behind and need to get dinner on the table.

Homemade Applesauce
One of the things I do to make these pork tenderloin dinners my own is to serve them with my homemade applesauce.  Homemade apple sauce tastes so much better than any jarred sauce that I have purchased and takes so little time to make that I never buy apple sauce any more.  You can have the applesauce cooking on the stove in about five minutes and it will be ready when the pork tenderloin is ready to serve. 

This is a four ingredient recipe.  How easy is that?  Just use my recipe as a starting point and adjust the salt, sugar and cinnamon until the apple sauce is perfect for your tastes.  I like to use an apple variety that cooks down easily like McIntosh or Cortland, but you can use any variety you like.  Mixing different kinds of apples is also yummy.

Donna's Applesauce
Applesauce Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 4 medium apples, Cortland or McIntosh, chunked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons water

Taste your apples to assess how sweet they are.  Decide how much sugar you think you need.  I always start with less sugar because I like my apple sauce to have a little tartness.  Mix the apples, salt, sugar and cinnamon together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the the water.  Two tablespoons is usually enough.

Mix Apples with Sugar, Salt and Cinnamon

Cover the pot and let the mixture come to a boil.  Turn the heat down to simmer.  Cook the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes, until the apples start to collapse.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Using a potato masher, mash the apples until you get the consistency you want. 

Mash the Apples
I like to leave some chunks in my applesauce.  Taste and add sugar or cinnamon as needed.

I Like Applesauce with Chunks

Serve warm or chilled.

Make extra applesauce and mix it with your favorite plain yogurt or serve it on top of your morning oatmeal.  Its also delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

Get the printable Donna's Applesauce recipe.



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