I like to leave my apples out in a bowl on the table. It’s an easy reminder to have that apple a day. However, I do have some picky eaters in the house, myself included. If those apples are a little mushy or bland, then everyone backs off and they sit around, wholly rejected for a couple of days.
Don’t throw them out. Make applesauce. It’s simple enough. Peel as many apples as you have or want to use. They don’t all have to be soft or the same. Mix them up.
Throw the apples in medium-sized pot over medium heat. Delay adding water for a couple of minutes. It gives it a caramelized flavor. Add barely enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
Add a dash of cinnamon. Or a couple dashes, depending on how much you adore cinnamon.
Let it bubble. You might need to add more water if the bottom of the pan is dry.
Once it boils for a couple of minutes, turn the heat to simmer. Cover for five minutes.
The apples should be soft enough at this stage that you could easily smash it up with a fork. Turn off the heat and grab something to smash those apples up.
I like to bring out the masher I use for potatoes.
That’s all it takes.
You can serve it warm or refrigerate for up to a week. It’s a favorite in the house. No matter what apples I use.
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