Quick, warm, maple applesauce

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It’s my favorite time of year and I’m here to celebrate with a delicious, yet healthy, treat. My favorite bloggers are already on to pumpkins, and I’m like HOLD UP, has everyone forgotten about sweet, delicious apples? It’s apple season and I’m taking advantage. First up: applesauce.

Now my friends will tell you that this is kind of an odd post for me. Why? The sound of biting into a raw apple is my own personal hell. I cannot eat them, listen or watch others eat them. I am uncomfortable even thinking about someone taking a bite of a crisp apple (for instance, right now). It’s weird and I’m owning it, but I do not let this hangup affect my ability to enjoy apple season. If you dry them, cook them, or juice them, I will consume in great quantities.

Thus, today we are cooking apples. Stewing them almost. This recipe is so easy and and hands-off, the only thing you need to learn is how delicious its going to be. Sorry- but Mott’s will not impress you after this. Homemade apple sauce is the best thing you ever ate when you get it straight off the stove.

    Ingredients

5 gala apples
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground clove
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp real maple syrup

    Directions

1. Quarter apples and remove cores. Leave skin on, it’s good for you!
2. Bring 1 C water to boil in 3 qt pot with apples in it. Drop heat down so water simmers. Simmer for 25 min. When apples are tender and peels are coming off, remove pot from heat. Remove most of the water. The exact amount depends on how chunky you like your sauce!
3. Mash apples with pastry fork or blend with a hand blender.
4. Stir in sugar, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

Did I mention this makes an excellent dessert, served with ice cream on top? No matter how you eat it, be sure to at least try it when it’s right off the stove. I am so jealous of you right now. My batch is already gone and I only made it 30 minutes ago.

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