- apples. I used 4 Gravensteins, which made plenty of sauce
- pinch of salt, about an eighth teaspoon per apple
- lemon juice (about half a lemon was right for my 4 apples)
- a bit of lemon zest (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
- nutmeg (optional)
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Step 1: Chop the Apples
Peel and core the apples, then chop them up. The smaller you cut them, the more time they take to chop but the less time they'll need to cook. Place the cut pieces in a pot of water as you go, to prevent them from browning in the air.
Step 2: Cook the Apples
Check if you have too much water in your pot and add some or pour some out if necessary. The water should not quite cover the apples. Simmer for about 15 or 20 minutes. It doesn't have to be a very precise time, just until the apple pieces are thoroughly soft.
Now you will mash the apples with a potato masher (or a blender, or food mill, or strainer, or whatever you have). You may need to pour out some of the water first; you don't want too much water at this point.
Looks like applesauce, doesn't it? If it's a little thin for your taste, put it back in the pot and simmer a bit longer.
Step 3: Season the Sauce
- sugar (white or brown)
- lemon zest
I also sprinkled cinnamon on top to serve. MMMMM delicious!