Apple sauce is a classic dessert in my family. It is easy to make and a yummy and healthy dish for any time of the year. It is also a great way to use up older apples – the juicier, the better!
- ca. 1.5 kg of apples
- 100 g of honey
- 50 ml of lemon juice
- if desired: preserving jars
This makes about 950 ml of apple sauce.
How to Make It
- Peel the apples, cut out the apple seeds, and cut the pieces into quarters or even eighth (depending on the size of the apples). Make sure that the pieces are roughly the same size. For reference: after peeling the apples, I had 1 kg of mass left.
- Put the pieces into a big bowl and pour the lemon juice over them. Mix it so that all the apple pieces are covered in lemon juice. It prevents the apple pieces from browning and adds a fresh and fruity taste to the apple sauce later. Let the apples marinate for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring water in a kettle to boil and fill it into the preserving jars. Close the jars tightly. This is a trick I learned from my grandmother: The idea is to heat up the glasses so that you can preserve the apple sauce more easily later.
- Take a big pot, add the honey, and bring it to a boil.
- Add the apples and the lemon marinade. Stir everything so that the apples get covered in the melted honey.
- Lower the heat and let the apples simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Leave the lid about halfway on the pot the entire time. The apple pieces are done once they are soft.
- Take a potato masher and mash the apple pieces, depending on your personal taste you can leave bigger chunks or mash it all into a homogeneous mass.
- If desired:
- Empty your preserving jars but be careful – the glasses are very hot by now!
- Fill the jars with the apple sauce, close them tightly, and turn them around. This helps to create a vacuum. Let the glasses cool.
- The apple sauce is great as a stand-alone dessert, but also tastes great in combination with plain yogurt, vanilla custard, or rice pudding. If you like, you can sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of the apple sauce as well.