Monday, December 03, 2007

a hanukkah necessity

come hanukkah, applesauce is on virtually every table to serve alongside loads of latkes and then more latkes.

this is a basic recipe for a homemade sauce which takes no time at all to make and is much better than the jarred stuff often bought at the grocery store with who-knows-what preservatives included.

make your own or give some as a gift in a nice glass jar — it'll certainly be well-appreciated.

basic applesauce


6 apples suitable for cooking
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/3 c brown or white sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken (optional)*
1/2 c cold water

*you can add 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon instead


peel apples and cut in chunks.

place them in a pan or a pot which has a lid. add the rest of the ingredients.

bring to a boil and then cover and lower the heat. cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring as necessary. different types of apples will cook down at different times.

cook until you get the desired consistency.

for a completely smooth applesauce, once cooled down, place in a blender or processor or mill. remove the cinnamon sticks before!