September always reminds me of apples. The markets start filling up with all different kinds of crunchy variations, and I can't help but think of cooking up cakes and pies. But one of the first things I make every Fall is applesauce. It's a cinch to whip up, and I love enjoying it on its own as a healthy dessert (or filling puffed pastry pockets with it for a delicious, not-as-healthy turnover). Since Fall officially starts tomorrow (hooray!), it's time to get peeling and cooking. Read on for a simple, trustworthy recipe.
Simple Homemade Applesauce
Makes 2 1/2 cups
10 apples (I used 8 granny smiths and 2 gala apples that I had sitting around)
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional)
1 cup of water*, plus more if necessary
1 stick of cinnamon
Peel, core, and quarter apples. Place in a large pot, and add water, Grand Marnier, and the cinnamon stick. Cook on medium for about 40 minutes, stirring often. If your applesauce starts to become too thick while it cooks, add more water. Mash the apples with the back of your spoon while you stir. Transfer to a glass jar for storage. Enjoy your applesauce on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
*To add more flavor to the applesauce, you can use good apple juice or cider as the liquid ingredient in place of water.
Have a happy Fall weekend, everyone! Keep on sending those #feelslikefall Instagrams. It's so cool to peek into your lives and see how you're experiencing the new season!