How simple can this be? Apples, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and a wee bit of water. That. Is. It. Crazy right? So instead of going out and buying apple sauce that has been out on a shelf for weeks … months? Just chop up a couple apples throw in cinnamon sticks and lemon peel and heat it up and, when the apples are soft, blitz it!
Now that we are in the autumn season I am craving delicious home made goodies like apple sauce. Plus it makes my kitchen smell amazing when it is cooking.
5 Royal Gala Apples, washed and cored(I keep the skin on because of insoluble fibre)
3 cinnamon sticks
2 strips of lemon zest
1 cup water
I prefer to keep the skin on my apples because of the added benefit of insoluble fibre (aka the stuff which helps you stay regular. Colon care is important, people.) And, to be honest, once the apples have been cooked and blitzed to make the apple sauce you do not notice the apple peel anyway. But of course, peel away of you please. I cut the apples in to fours and then split them into sixths. The important thing is to roughly chop them.
Add all of the ingredients into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then lower to a medium low heat and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft and still holding their shape. Make sure to stir every five minutes. Let the mix cool, together with the cinnamon sticks and lemon peel, for 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and lemon peel and them blitz until fully blended.
If you are into canning go ahead or leave in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Makes about 4-5 cups.