Apple Sauce

My oldest son Zachary has loved applesauce since his first bite of baby food. At this point in time, it is hard to believe that I am sending him off to his first day of kindergarten. As any Mom knows that this is very difficult, so I am packing a special lunch for him that includes one of his favorite foods – homemade applesauce with a few tears accidently fallen in during the preparation. On a side note, it is not just for the lunch box. Serve it warm over ice cream or biscuits for a great dessert or snack. Yields about 1 1/2 cups.

Ingredients

4 apples peeled, cored and chopped into half inch dice about 4 cups
3 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of water

Technique

Most any kind of apple will work with this recipe. I am partial to gala or Fuji apples. Peel, core and chop apples into half inch dice. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and water and whisk so no clumps are present. Add apples, stir, reduce heat to low and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 – 45 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from stove and cool. Mash or blend to desired texture.

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