Here is a quick and easy applesauce that’s great to make with children. They can help core and chop the apples (butter knives are safe for little fingers), and most kids love mashing the cooked apples with a potato masher. Let them decide the color and flavor of the applesauce by adding their favorite berry. Will it be blueberries, strawberries, or cherries today?
Yields 4 cups
- 5 to 6 cups peeled, cored and coarsely chopped apples, such as Fuji, Granny Smith or Crispin (about 3 pounds)
- ½ cup unsweetened apple, apricot, cherry or peach juice
- ½ cup blueberries, hulled strawberries or pitted cherries (optional)*
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- sugar, honey or pure maple syrup to taste
- Combine the apples and fruit juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the berries or cherries, if using, and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes more, until all of the fruit is very soft.
- For chunky applesauce, mash the cooked fruit with a potato masher until you reach the consistency you like; then add the lemon juice and sweeten to taste.
- For a smooth applesauce, puree the cooked fruit and lemon juice in the blender or food processor.
- Add sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste and pulse for a few seconds.
- Serve warm or cold.
Serve warm or cold.