Yes, I know I’ve been woefully absent. But my friends went apple picking, possibly my favorite thing about the North East, and now I have heaps of apples. HEAPS. Which clearly means that I must make apple sauce (and apple butter, and apple pie and oh dear god so much apple).
Mom’s Apple Sauce
- 3 lbs apples (want an assortment of crisp, flavorful ones, mushier ones (like red delicious) and a few tart ones)
- 1/2-3/4 C cider (amount depends on how much juice is in the apples)
- 1-1-1/2 T lemon juice (depending on tartness of apples)
- 1 large cinnamon stick (or a few small ones)
- Scant 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 t nutmeg
Peel and core apples. Cut into 1/2″ thick slices. Combine apples, cider, lemon juice and cinnamon stick(s) in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 20 minutes, or until the are almost mushy. Add the sugar and nutmeg, fully incorporate. Mash with a potato masher until the consistency you want. Freeze, can, or eat all of it in one sitting and REGRET NOTHING.