Tummy's never cared for applesauce much but Mr. Borscht loves it and I just happened to run across a rather simple recipe for it in one of my favorite cookbooks: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, so as always, the adventurous Tummy decided to try it.
First of all, if it was any other cookbook with an applesauce recipe I probably may have skipped it, but so far most everything I've tried in this particular cookbook has turned out great, with a little tweaking here and there to meet my specific needs that is.
This recipe is really as simple as 1-2-3. Peel, core and quarter the apples which goes into a large over-proof pot along with zest and juices of oranges and a lemon, cinnamon, allspice and some brown sugar.
One thing I've learned about Barefoot Contessa from this cookbook is that a lot of recipes that contain sugar tend to be sweeter than I like, so I adjust by 1/2 the amount accordingly, I did so with this recipe as well and it came out perfectly.
I added a couple of red apple peels as suggested to give the sauce a pretty pinkish hue, perhaps I didn't put enough red peels in to cook with the apples because the applesauce was still an unattractive brown, but that's okay.
You pop it into the oven for 1.5 hours, I only made half the amount just incase I didn't like the recipe, I didn't want to have jars and jars of applesauce I didn't like, if you're making 1/2 the amount still put the apples in to bake for 1.5 hours. And once you take it out vewy vewy carefullly with oven mitts and all, whisk away- it's that easy! And Wah-La! Homemade applesauce!!!
I know it doesn't look very pretty but trust me it tastes great- and I don't even like applesauce. Today for breakfast I got buttered toast and smeared some applesauce on it- absolutely DELISH! I've converted myself into an applesauce loving gal!
Applesauce recipe instructions are below.
I like to collect jars believing that one fine day they'll come in handy, and they have- just look below, now my applesauce are beautifully jarred :)
Ina Garden's homemade applesauce from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook:
What you'll need:
Zest & juice of 2 lg navel oranges
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
3lbs Granny Smith Apples
3lbs Sweet red apples
1/2c light brown sugar, packed
1/4lb unsalted butter
2tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground allspice
What you'll need to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put zest and juice of the oranges and the lemon into a lg bowl
Peel, core & quarter apples place them in the same bowl and toss
Pour the mixture into a dutch oven or enameled iron pot
Add the rest of the ingredients & toss
NOTE: add a couple of peels from the red apples to color the applesauce
Cover and bake in the oven for 1.5hrs
Take out from the oven when ready and whisk for a smooth consistency