Thursday, September 17, 2009

An Apple a Day

In the spirit of the fall breeze and cooler temperatures in Austin, I have been craving my autumn favorite, homemade apple sauce. This is loads better than the stuff that you can get from the grocery and worth the effort. It may require a little time, but even children could perfect this easy recipe.
Apples have not quite started flooding the market here yet but they are beginning to make their return slowly. Soon...very soon.

Apple Sauce


4 Cortland Apples, Peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces (reserve a few pieces of skin)

4 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

½ cup Simply Orange juice

¼ cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

½ tbsp unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 350.

Mix apples with the zest and juice of lemon and the orange juice toss to coat so that apples do not brown. Mix in the sugar, and spices through ginger, toss to coat. Put mixture in a heavy Dutch oven. Top with butter and reserved apple skin. Let cook in oven for 1 ½ hours. Whisk to puree. Serve hot or cold.

Makes 6 cups or 12 servings, 110 calories per serving

Serve and enjoy!

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