So what do you do when you visit your aunt and she gives you a bagful of her homegrown apples? Some are for the apple crumble and this year I have decided to have a go at making my own apple sauce as we don’t seem to have much in the supermarkets here.
The first job would be to give them a quick wash and drain them ready for preparing the sauce.
Most recipes call for peeling the apples but I have decided to keep the skin on as it keeps the fibre and the vitamins that are just underneath the peel in … it also makes the preparation so much easier!
Once they’ve all been cut, I popped the apple chunks into a large pan with some water and cooked them for 15 minutes until they just crumbled and mushy when pushed.
Now when I set out to make this sauce, which I am trying for the first time, I did not know how much sweetening it would need. So once the apples were cooked, I gave them a whizz with a hand blender to make a very smooth sauce. I then added unrefined brown sugar to taste and then further blended the sauce to mix the sugar in.
I popped the finished apple sauce in a couple of clean dry jars. I did not sterilise the glass jars as this sauce was going to be eaten straightaway. If this sauce was to be preserved over a longer time, then the jars would need to be washed in hot soapy water, rinsed in clean water and placed in a warm oven, 120c for 25minutes before filling them with the hot sauce and sealing.
All that’s left is to enjoy the apple sauce!
A easy wholesome apple sauce sweetened with unrefined brown sugar to taste!
- 1250 grams apples
- 1/2 cup water
- unrefined brown sugar (optional) (to taste)
Wash and drain the apples.
Cut the apples into quarters and remove the core. Leave the peel on.
Place all the cored apple quarters into a large pan and add the water.
Heat the pan and then cook the apples with the lid on until they are soft and break when touched. This usually takes 10 to 15 minutes.
Once cooked, blend the apple chunks till you have a smooth sauce.
Add unrefined brown sugar to taste or leave the sauce plain if prefered. Enjoy!
This sauce is very easy to prepare and can be left sharp in taste or sweetened.