Hello! Welcome back to 31 days of Meals 4 Sharing. The whole month of October I am sharing ways you can bless others through the gift of food. Today I thought I’d share a recipe with you, it’s one I often make when I bring someone a meal. Homemade Apple Sauce.
Apple Sauce is so easy! And nothing is more comforting than warm apple sauce with a hint of cinnamon and the sweetness of brown sugar. This homemade treat will help show the recipient of your meal how much you care, and won’t take alot of time. Plus you can have it cooking while you prepare the rest of your meal. And it makes your home smell fabulous!
If you have one of those handy dandy apple peeler slicer corer thinga-ma-bobs well then getter out! If you are like me and you prefer to do it the old fashioned way super! You will need 1o Apples.
Peel, core, and quarter the apples toss them in a pan with 1/2 cup water. Place them over low heat for 30 minutes. Stirring once or twice in between.
The recipe I have given you below, is merely a guideline for your applesauce. After your apples have cooked taste them. How sweet are they? If they’re pretty sweet then you might want to use less sugar or no sugar, pretty sour then add more. And cinnamon is your call. I recently brought a meal to someone and who’s allergic to cinnamon, it makes her mouth all scratchy and weird inside, she said. In that case I left the cinnamon out all together. I used 1/4 cup Brown Sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon in this batch.
There will be a few apples chunks left after cooking, I use a potato masher to get out all the lumps, and mix in the sugar and cinnamon. After mashing, pop the pan back on the heat for 5 minutes, this helps dissolve the sugar. If you are pressed for time, then skip this step, it’s not necessary especially if your apples sauce is hot when you add the sugar.
This recipe will make approximately 4 cups of apple sauce. Let it cool and place in a container that you can part with, like the one above. This way the person that is receiving your meal will not be burdened with the worry of getting containers back to you.
Quick Apple Sauce
10 Apples, cored, peeled and quartered. I prefer Northern Spys, or Macintosh but I believe any apple works just fine.
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Core, peel, and quarter your apples put them in a 6 quart pan. Add the water. Cover pan and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon per taste. I use a potato masher to get out the chunks. Put pan back on heat for 5 minutes to help dissolve sugar. If apples are sweet you may want to leave out sugar or add more if sour. Cinnamon is purely up to you. Use as much cinnamon as you like. The above ingredient list is a loose guideline.
You might want to make a double batch so you have some for your family. If they come home and smell homemade apple sauce and there isn’t any left for them, you might have a mutiny on your hands!
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My neighbor just had surgery yesterday. I dropped off some homemade applesauce, rolls and barbeque. I just made a double batch of everything. I love using fresh fruit and giving the gift of “homemade”!
I just found your 31 days, and I’m so excited to read the whole series. However I have a question. (and maybe you answer it later, if so, my apologies, and I’ll get to it.) You mention that the woman is sensitive to cinnamon, and that she said so. Did you ask her? Did you tell her specifically what you were bringing and she mentioned the sensitivity. I have a hard enough time with the calling and asking if I can bring a meal, that sometimes it’s a drive by mealing — “I know you weren’t expecting me, but here’s dinner, if you already have something planned, it freezes well.” I imagine one should ask “Does anyone in your family have food allergies?” That was more rambling than a real question… Do you ask people about allergies or food preferences prior to preparing a meal for them? Thanks so much!
She had mentioned to me a prior to me bringing her a meal that she had a sensitivity to cinnamon, so I remembered it. I have found that if people have allergies they will not be shy about forwarding that information. I have never had it happen that I bring someone a meal spur of the moment and they turn it away because of a food allergy. Allergies is one thing that I meant to address more in my series but didn’t get to. So thanks for asking the question I hope I answered it. If not and you want to chat more you can email me.
I usually take over chilaquiles, rice and beans. I make the sauce and use Mission corn tortillas so it is gluten free. I will usually make a double batch, one to eat and one to share. If I don’t have anyone to share with that day I will freeze for later.
I also like to take over a roast with carrots and potatoes that I make in the crock pot. Easy shmeasy throw it together in the morning and forget it =)