You know it’s finally fall when all you see are apple and pumpkin recipes taking over the internet! I’m not mad, just mad about apples. There’s so many things you could make with apples, they’re so versatile and I love that they are available year round. I haven’t been apple picking yet, but will definitely make a trip out to the apple orchards! I live right down the street from the St. Lawrence Market so I was able to pick up fresh local produce there!
My original plan was to make apple sauce for apple sauce waffles. I picked up half a dozen of Cortland apples and half a dozen of Golden apples. Honestly, I don’t think it really matters what type of apple you use for your apple sauce but then again I’m no apple connoisseur. I like to choose slightly sweeter and softer apples so they cook down quicker and you won’t have to add a lot of sweetener.
Now the hard work. I peeled, cored and diced the seven apples. Tossed those in a large pot, added the brown sugar, lemon juice, water, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and simmer on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. The apples break down so easily and you actually don’t need a masher, I literally mashed them with the back of a wooden spoon and everything turned to mush real quick.
The mixture was a little watery so I decided I was going to reduce it a bit to intensify the apple flavour since I wanted to use it in something baked.
I let the apple sauce simmer for another 2.5 – 3 hours covered, stirring occasionally and what you get at the end of the 2.5 hours is totally worth the wait. My apple sauce is now apple butter, its thick, rich in apple flavour, the colour is a beautiful caramel colour and its SO good on its own or as a spread.
(or Apple Sauce)
7 medium apples (I used 4 Golden and 3 Cortland), peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
In a large pot or dutch oven, peel, cored and roughly dice all seven apples. Add the brown sugar, fresh lemon juice, water, cinnamon stick, cloves and salt. Mix and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium low for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes or so, with the back of a wooden spoon, mash the apples until it becomes a puree. If you stop here, you now have delicious apple sauce!
Continue for apple butter recipe.
On medium-low heat continue to cook the apple sauce for about 2.5 to 3 hours until the apple sauce is thick and caramelized, covered and stirring occasionally.
Store in an airtight container and in the fridge. Enjoy on toast, scones, pancakes or by the spoonful.
What are your favourite desserts to make with apples? Let me know!