Growing up we had a beautiful apple tree in our yard that as the story goes, was started from seed by my Great Grandma. Every year it would produce large amounts of sweet but tart, red apples. It wasn’t uncommon to have neighbourhood kids knock at the door and ask if they could pick a few. Fallen ones would often go out to camp to feed the deer and many off the branches were turned into pies, apple juice and homemade apple sauce. Even in the last couple of years when many of the old branches had disappeared, the last remaining branches would be loaded with apples. Sadly during one of our wind storms this summer, the aging tree became uprooted and that was the end of our apple tree. I think we all felt the loss and I still feel sadness when I pull up at my parents and see the tree stump. So needless to say, I have become accustomed to homemade applesauce. Apple sauce from the store doesn’t even begin to compare in flavour and it’s honestly so simple to make your own. It’s apple season right now, so I picked up a variety of Ontario apples this week and made a double batch of the following recipe. The hardest part of the process is the peeling and coring of the apples, but it’s so worth it. I put the sauce in small containers and freeze it to enjoy throughout the year. I love it with pork chops or just as a treat.
Homemade Apple Sauce
• 4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
• 3/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• Additional sugar to taste
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Mash with a fork or potato masher. I taste it at this point and add more sugar if it’s not sweet enough. Let cool. Store in the fridge for immediate use or freeze in containers.