This past Friday I went apple picking with a couple friends. It was a wonderful Fall filled day filled with apples, apple cider doughnuts (whoops), apple cider, and hard cider.. and pumpkins too! What more could I have asked for?! ...Well, it would have been nice if it had been a few degrees cooler so it would have been boots weather ;) We filled our prepaid bag full of apples and ended up with nearly 30 apples, for only $15. CRAZY. We should have picked more! They were so inexpensive and ridiculously yummy. I could have made applesauce for months to come!
My favorite thing at Trader Joes (well, one of my favorite things...) has been the Chunky Spiced Apples. It's a chunky applesauce that I would eat for breakfast, snacks, dessert... it would take me 2 days to eat the entire jar. WHOOPS. I stopped buying it because I would eat so much of it! I decided to try to emulate that delicious jar of goodness since it has been awhile since I had it. Might I say that I succeeded!!
I Googled "applesauce recipe" Why do people add sugar to make applesauce?? I don't get it... apples are sweet... Aand all the recipes all have like 5 steps and at least as many ingredients. Why people, why? Why complicate such a simple yummy food? Silly people...
ALSO. I want to try making this in a crockpot. I think it would work out well.
Makes: roughly 2 Cups
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50-60 minutes
6 apples peeled and sliced (various size and kind)
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Peel the apples. I peeled them sloppily, about 90%. I peeled them because I want chunky applesauce and it works better peeled. If you wanted smooth apple sauce you could use the skins since you would have to use a blender.
3. Line a baking sheet with the apple slices. My baking sheet fit 6 apples.
4. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon over the slices.
5. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
6. Take out the baking sheet and cover with tin foil. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
7. Remove the foil and using a potato masher or a fork, mash your apples to your desired constancy. If you want smooth apple sauce, place them in a blender.
8. Grab a spoon + spin your partner round and round! ..or something like that..
(This recipe is very similar to one that the PaleoParents have on their blog. I found that baking uncovered and then covered at the end yields the best results).