Apple Sauce

‘Tis the season for apple sauce! Well, personally I feel that every seasons is apple sauce season because you can use it all year ’round. You can use apple sauce to make pastries, over ice cream, stir it into some plain yogurt, use a little in your smoothies, eat as is, even replace butter or oil in your baked goods too. Your options are really endless.

Most professionals usually will tell you to use certain apples only to make apple sauce and to specifically not use Golden Delicious apples. And you know what? Screw that! Golden Delicious apples happen to be my absolute favorite and I make apple sauce with them all the time. They take less time to cook down and you typically can get away with using less sugar in your recipe because they’re sweeter. So really, you can use whatever damn apple your heart desires and go with your bad self!

makes about 6 cups

10-12 your favorite apples, skinned, cored & cubed
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

Make sure to use a potato peeler to remove the apple skin as thorougly as possible. And with a sharp knife, slice the apple around the core and make about one inch cubes.

Toss the apples, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and clove into a large pot over medium-high heat and stir everything together. Let everything come to a boil and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Once the apples are tender, turn off the heat and let cool. Place the apples into a food processor or blender and blend to your desired consistency.