Nature provides the most delicious flavors for us! When you make your own, you’ll get to experience the difference. It’ll be hard to enjoy applesauce from the past. If you’re family is around, get the kids involved by cutting the apples or measuring the ingredients. If your husband is around, he can help you create this post meal dessert.
Roasted Applesauce – The improv kitchen
yields 4 c.
5 fiji apples
5 gala apples
¼ c. apple cider
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375º F. Cut apples into about ¼ inch chunks with the skin on. Place in a glass baking dish or whatever roasting pan you have on hand. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over the apples and place in the oven for about 30 minutes. Once the apples have softened up a bit, add in your apple cider and continue roasting for another 30 minutes.
When the apples are brown, soft and juicy, they’re done! Pulse them in the food processor or with an emersion blender if you have one. I like mine a little chunky but you can puree it to your preferred texture. Eat it hot or place it in the refrigerator and let it chill for a few hours.
you can use whatever apples you like and any combination. some bake better than others though. i recommend the following apples: ida, gala, fiji, macintosh, honey crisp, and holiday. they bake nicely and semi-hold their shape meaning you’ll get a great consistency/texture out of your applesauce when you blend it up. you want to avoid apples with a grainy texture like golden delicious. you could even do half apples half pears. also, you can adjust the amount of cinnamon or nutmeg. i’m not the biggest fan of cinnamon so i use a tiny bit to bring out a depth of flavor. you can definitely add more. you could substitute cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice or leave it out completely. if you don’t have apple cider you could use apple juice, lemon juice, water, or even another juice like cranberry or grape. you don’t have to leave the skin on the apple but after you blend it up you don’t even notice it. it’s a lazy cheat that ends up benefitting you by giving you all the great fiber from the skin. if it’s not sweet enough for you, add some brown sugar or honey to the mixture. although i would leave this to the end because it’s naturally sweet as is.
if you don’t have a blender or emersion blender, you could try mashing the apples with a potato masher or fork. you could also put it in a food processor or use egg beaters to blend it up. you don’t have to roast the apples but i feel like it brings out another level of flavor. you could easily do this on a stove top and add in the liquid before cooking.
this is great on it’s own but it would be good on top of pork chops or served with your holiday latkes if you’re into that sort of thing.