Do you have 25 minutes to spare ???
Then how about making some applesauce…homemade applesauce…with mulling spices…and, perhaps, some fresh whipped cream on top???
OK. To be honest, the homemade applesauce should take 50 minutes altogether, but for 25 of those minutes, while the applesauce is cooking on the stove, you can be:
- A) Taking a bubble bath
- B) Reading a book, paper, magazine…
- C) Drinking a cup of coffee
- D) Writing a blog post
- E) ?????
It’s so easy…
And, SO good!
Homemade Applesauce with Mulling Spices
- 8 apples (I used Pink Lady, but use whatever you want, and let me know how it comes out!)
- 5 cups plain apple cider (or use Trader Joes Spicy Cider and omit the mulling spices)
- 3 Tablespoons mulling spices (I used Williams Sonoma spices)
- Whipping cream (if desired)
Peel, core, and cut up apples. Put apples in a large saucepan and pour cider over apples. Place mulling spices (if using instead of spiced cider) in cheesecloth*** and add to saucepan. Heat to boiling, then turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove spices, drain liquid (save to drink!) and mash apples with potato masher. Whip cream (if desired) and serve on top of warm applesauce. Enjoy!
***Full disclosure: As you might imagine, pouring the spices DIRECTLY in to the cider, like I did, is not the smartest thing to do. It took me, um, a little longer than 25 minutes to make my applesauce, as I had to pick out all the itsy, bitsy pieces of spice before I could mash the apples. By all means, if you enjoy this sort of thing, then dump all the spice in. If not, I highly recommend putting the spices in the cheesecloth.
No matter though, the final product was delicious!
My taste testers (SiSi, Big Tex, and Ian), plus myself ate the entire batch up. I’ll be making this again for sure (maybe double, triple, or quadruple the batch!), and will try around with different varieties of apples for comparison. How about you?
Have you ever made applesauce before? If so, what kind of apples did you use? Have you ever made any kitchen faux paux’s before???
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