With two large bags of apples laying around and an 8 month old son, I knew I had to make some applesauce.  Preferably a bunch of applesauce to bottle and can to have over the winter. 

Hubby stumbled across this recipe.  The previous apple butter recipe was also from this site, as are several others that look delicious.  I have a feeling I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.  Next up:  pumpkin butter or sweet potato poutine?  Hmm…

As he points out, roasting the apples seems to bring out more of their sugars and intensifies the flavor.  And the spice mixture seems to be right on, although you could play with this a bit to your taste. 

Forget a sieve and all that… I’m done searching for my applesauce recipe. 

 

INGREDIENTS

4 apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)

1/4 cup apple cider

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

 

DIRECTIONS

Toss everything in a bowl.  (I actually mixed everything but the apples first and poured the mixture over the apples, thinking it would more evenly distribute the spices). 

Bake in a 400 degree oven until the apples are very soft.  Make sure you stir it occasionally. 

Mash the apples.  If you chop your apples small enough, you can actually do this with the spoon.

To can:  I used a pressure canner with a 5lb weight for 12 minutes.