This story first appeared on my blogspot November 5, 2011.
Each fall, I’m blessed with a glut of apples, from friends, grocery store sales and trips to North Georgia apple barns, (like Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia). Homemade applesauce is an easy and kid-friendly recipe to help use up these beautiful apples. My favorite recipe uses a microwave for the heavy lifting – easier than risking burning on the cook-top. Forgive the hippy-dippy instructions – this is more of a method than a recipe.
Homemade Applesauce Microwave Recipe
This is a no-recipe recipe.
- Peel, core and coarsely chunk six or eight apples. A mix of varieties works best. My last batch included Galas and Red Romes. I even use apples that are a bit past their prime, including the iffy bruised apples in the bottom of the apple bag – just cut out the bad parts.
- Place apples in large, tall container suitable for the microwave. I use a tall gallon container. Pour apple juice (if you have it, water if you don’t) to cover apples by about a third.
- Place container in microwave and zap at full power for five minutes. Stir and zap for five minutes more. This may require more zapping, just check to make sure the apples are cooked through. Stir in a few tablespoons of butter and sugar, if needed. Let cool and puree in food processor.
- If you simply must have cinnamon, then spice it up by all means. I like it straight, no sugar added. Warm applesauce makes a first-rate side dish for most kid dinners. It’s delish also with a pancake and bacon supper.