In the UK, applesauce is little more than a condiment for pork. But nothing says childhood to me more than a nice big bowl of applesauce, cold and straight from the fridge! Where I grew up in New York, applesauce is eaten as a snack or dessert and comes in larger jars or individual serving pots, similar to yoghurt.
Applesauce really is the perfect kid (or grownup!) food. It’s easy to make and a great way to use up those apples in your garden. You can make big batches and either freeze or pour into jars to keep in your fridge or process in a boiling water bath for a maximum shelf life. This version is also sugar free and preserves all of the fibre and vitamins of the original apples so it’s super healthy as well.
Sugar free easy applesauce
Makes 4-6 portions
• 8-10 eating apples of your choice, peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks (I choose sweet ones so there is no need to add any sugar although you could use cooking apples and once cooked, add brown sugar to taste if you prefer)
• juice of 1 lemon
• bowl filled with enough cool water to cover the apples
• 2 tablespoons water
Add your lemon juice and peeled apple chunks to a bowl filled with enough water to cover the apples and let sit for at least ten minutes. This prevents the apples from going brown and ensures that your applesauce will retain its beautiful golden colour.
In the meantime, add two tablespoons of water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add your apples to the pan and turn heat down to simmer, stirring occasionally until the apples are very tender, around 20 minutes.
Once cooked, mash with a fork or pulse in a food processor for a smooth texture. That’s it – apples, lemon juice and water. Could it be any easier?!
For a pink summery version, you could blend in some strawberries or raspberries. Or add a generous sprinkling of cinnamon for a warm and cosy twist. I also love to add this to my overnight oats or porridge – delicious! I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does!