Applesauce is easy to make. By varying how long you cook the sauce, you can choose to make it chunky or smooth. Cooking unpeeled apples allows the applesauce to become a pretty shade of pink. For smooth applesauce, put the cooked sauce through a food mill or wire strainer. Enjoy homemade applesauce with potato pancakes and sweet and sour red cabbage.
Makes about 3 cups
7 medium apples
½ cup apple juice or water
¼ cup sugar or honey, optional
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
Core and cut the apples into bite-sized chunks.
Put the apples into a medium saucepan.
Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until the apples are tender.