You know those DirecTV commercials with Rob Lowe? Where the real Rob Lowe has DirecTV, while creepy or sad Rob Lowe has cable?
Imagine regular applesauce as creepy or sad Rob Lowe. The applesauce you buy at the store can be sad, barely apple-ish, really bland and not useful for anything except replacing oil in baked goods.
Meanwhile, this applesauce is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Perfectly sweet without being cloying, with a touch of spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg. The best thing is, it’s low-maintenance – you pretty much set it to simmer for 1 hour, mash, and done.
Obviously, the metaphor isn’t perfect. But I promise, once you try this real Rob Lowe of applesauces, you’ll never go back to “far less attractive” applesauce again.
- 3 Honeycrisp apples
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- peel of ½ lemon, in strips
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Peel, core, and chop apples into 1-inch chunks. Place in large saucepan with lemon peel and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat and allow to simmer for one hour.
- Remove pan from heat and remove and discard lemon peel. Mash apples (which should be extremely tender), then stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. Place back over heat and cook down until the sauce has reached the desired thickness. Serve, or allow to cool and store in the fridge for up to a week.