While there are delightful hints of spring nestled in the wind that’s been whistling through this dear city, we sit saddled in between seasons.
Perhaps you’ve stripped down a layer or two. It’s warm..ish. The news reports show a much wider range for the highs (and lows) of the day…. But as much as you want to, it’s just not time to pull the sandals out yet…
It’s always around this time of year that the comforts of winter start to appear drab and unwelcome- The cozy sweater that looked so appealing around the holidays suddenly feels like a big woolen burden. You’ve eaten your weight in farmer’s market kale, and are bursting for an alternative green…
But some things have staying power. Sure, I’ve probably eaten double my weight in apples this winter, but there’s just something about the humble, taken-for-granted apple that keeps me coming back for more.
Maybe it’s the old ‘apple-a-day’ adage. Or maybe this lovely fruit just satisfies the senses…. It’s not every fruit that it so forgiving and versatile.
Whatever it is, it works. I’m not tired of the apple yet.
Which brings me to an uber simple recipe that has become a staple in these cold months, and will probably remain on my stove-top until that March lion gives way to the March lamb.
(Which…let’s face it…. sometimes doesn’t happen until mid-April).
This homemade applesauce has great texture, is sweet without any added sugar, and… tastes a bit like apple pie filling. Especially when placing it a-top a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Decadent morning.
It’s not even much of a recipe: Chop apples. Toss in a pot with cinnamon. Cook.
Quick and easy. And you can make a big ole batch to use throughout the week.
There’s something awesome about waking up and remembering… “oh yeah! I have apple pie(ish) for breakfast!”
Okay, okay!… It’s not wrapped in a buttery crust…. I’m sorry about that.
|Super Simple Homemade Apple Sauce
Makes 4 servings
4 medium Apples (I use MacIntosh), cored and chopped*
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon (roughly, depends on your preference)
*Note: I leave the skin on my apples. Who am I to waste good fiber? Feel free to peel yours if you prefer.
Put the chopped apples into a large pot with about a 1/4 inch of water (to keep the apples from burning at the bottom of the pan).
Sprinkle with half the cinnamon. Use a wooden or other large spoon to mix. Sprinkle in the remaining cinnamon, and continue to mix until uniform.
Place the pot on the stove-top over medium heat. Cook the apples for about 8-10 minutes, stirring them every 1-2 minutes. As the apples break down, there will be a noticeable difference in texture.
When the apple pieces are soft (some of them may already have completely broken down), use a potato masher to mash up the remaining pieces. I like my sauce lumpy, so I don’t overly mash. If you prefer a smoother variation, mash, and then cook a bit longer until desired texture is achieved.
You can eat it straight up (but don’t burn your tongue!), or stir it into your oatmeal for a filling, pie-like breakfast of champions.
Share it, or store the rest in the fridge for subsequent morning bliss.
Have a great day!
Approx. Nutrition Facts for 1 serving of Super Simple Homemade Apple Sauce:
|Carbohydrate: 25 g (4 g Fiber, 19 g Sugar)|
|Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat, 0 g Trans Fat)|
|Protein: 0 g|
|Cholesterol: 0 mg|
|Sodium: 2 mg|