I hear these words on a daily basis, several times a day as a matter of fact, and … it is so stinkin’ cute! My little sugar bear loves apples and apple sauce, and will let everyone know this, including the refrigerator as she grabs hold of both handles and positions one foot on the door and the other on the floor and pulls with all her might – to no avail (thank goodness.) I do not know what I would do if my two-year old could actually get in the refrigerator by herself.
But, I prefer her to eat natural apple sauce with no preservatives and very little sugar, which can be purchased for a sometimes exorbitant price, so I decided to make our own apple sauce. My first attempt was not quite the success I would have hoped for, but it was okay and it did not dissuade me from trying again – you can read about my first attempt here – What Do You Get When …, however, if you want the success story keep reading here.
yields quite a bit
3 lbs apples of your choice
1 to 2 c. water
agave nectar (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. cinnamon
1.) Peel apples.
2.) Core and slice apples.
3.) Steam apples in a steamer basket for approximately 10 minutes, until fork tender. Make sure you have plenty of water in the pan, so you do not burn the pan, which is why I recommend 1 to 2 c. water, minimum.
4.) Place steamed apples in a food processor and add in 1/4 c. cooking water and blend until pureed. You may need to add more water to suit your consistency.
5.) Add in cinnamon mix well.
6.) If desired, add in sweetener to taste, mix well. We like our apple sauce with a little agave nectar.
7.) Chill apple sauce for at least 1 hour.
Serve apple sauce to a well-deserving toddler or child, and they will love it.