After our weekend of apple picking a few weeks back, I still have some apples to use up so I decided to make some homemade apple sauce to go with our Sunday dinner. Homemade apple sauce is so much better than the stuff you buy in the store. The texture is better because there are chunks of apple and it is not just pureed. And more importantly, it is much less sweet and the true flavor of the apples really comes out without all of the artificial flavoring that is added to the store-bought stuff. This recipe is super easy and it made the house smell amazing for a few hours!
I cooked this in a slow cooker because we were using the oven for our dinner, but it can also be cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour if you don’t have a slow cooker. I was definitely skeptical of the amount of citrus flavors in this recipe while I was making it, but it actually turned out perfect. The citrus flavor added a tartness and complimented the sweet apples. So if you are worried about the citrus and thinking about eliminating it, take a risk and give it a try. I don’t think you will regret it.
Adapted from Ina Garten, via foodnetwork.com
- 1 large navel orange, zested and juiced
- ½ a lemon, zested and juiced
- About 6 to 8 apples (I used McIntosh and Cortland)
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Whisk together the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl and toss the apples in the juice. Pour the apples and juice into the slow cooker. Add the brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Cook for about an hour, or until all the apples are soft, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I will be storing the leftovers in the refrigerator to enjoy for the rest of the week!