I have always found this item on the shelf weird. It is like baby food. Thick puree of apple, which doesn’t look good, and also doesn’t taste good for me. But I was asking Matt about other American food or sides that he grew up eating and maybe something that I would like to try, and we came up with applesauce. I googled the recipe and found this one, Sarah’s Applesauce Recipe, and the reviews were really great too. I decided to copy it mostly and actually added a bit more water so I can cook it down more (because I did leave it really chunky), and a hint of cloves, just because.
While I was trying it, I was actually skyping with Matt and I did have to ask, does apple sauce taste like apple pie filling? And this one does! I love all of the gooey apple pie filling, especially topped with ice cream! I see this is a sweet treat mostly, and I think I can understand now how some of the readers said there is too much sugar, but this you can easily remedy and not just put all of the sugar in the beginning.
I had to add more water in the middle of the cooking because it was drying up and near burning at the end. I made sure the water evaporated at the end of the cooking and it turned out great. I really like this, but I do forget that the classic American way is to serve it with pork chops. I had the chops a couple of days after and just forgot about this. Not used to this American pairing. 🙂
By the way, starting today, I am quitting sugar. Today is April 4 and i know this will get posted like 3 weeks after. So I am only able to have one serving out of the three that I produced from this batch of applesauce. Let’s see how this goes.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
4 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, sliced into chunks
1/4 cup sugar
dash of cinnamon
dash of cloves
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of water
Hold half of the sugar and water if you want this less sweet, and drier. But put everything else in a pan and allow this to boil, then simmer, until cooked to your preferred consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Eat as a snack or as a side.