Right as I was working on my post rounding up apple recipes from around the web, I received the latest catalog from Stonewall Kitchen. Their cover featured a jar of Maple Applesauce. It looked so appealing that I started thinking about which of their stores it would make more sense to drive to today so I could pick up a jar.
Then sanity prevailed. Knowing how great their products are, I am sure this applesauce would be well worth any drive or disruption in plans. Still, I started thinking about how to make maple applesauce at home. Their recipe has very few ingredients–apples, sugar, spices, and, of course, maple syrup. Could I make something similar in my kitchen with ingredients on hand?
I decided to give it a try. Starting with the applesauce recipe and technique that I think I have used since junior high school home economics class, I tweaked the recipe to reduce the amount of added sugar to accommodate the maple syrup. I also decided to use maple sugar in addition to the maple syrup. In the end I am really pleased with the results. Though this is great on its own, I imagine it would be good with oatmeal, yogurt, or pork chops. It might not be as good as Stonewall Kitchen’s product–I’ll have to wait and see–but opening a jar of their applesauce wouldn’t make the house smell as good as making this stuff did!
- 5 medium-sized apples (see note)
- ½ cup water
- 1 T lemon juice
- ¼ t cinnamon
- ⅛ t nutmeg
- 3-4 T pure maple syrup
- 1-2 t maple sugar (optional)
- Core and roughly peel apples. Then cut into even, medium-sized chunks.
- Place apples in a pan with water and lemon juice. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until apples are soft.
- Add spices, maple syrup, and maple sugar (if using).
- Mash with a potato masher if you like your applesauce chunky. Puree with an immersion blender if you prefer it smooth.