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Recipe: Homemade Apple Sauce

Christmas Pork wouldn’t be same without Apple Sauce. Before you reach for a jar or tub of the pre-prepared stuff, check out our easy recipe to make your own.

Ingredients:

  • 500g green apples (approx. 4 – 5 apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest (if using)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  • Peel and core the apples and cut in to 3cm cubes.
  • Bring apples, water, sugar, zest, and cinnamon to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the sauce doesn’t scorch.
  • Remove lid and simmer until most of liquid is evaporated, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Mash apples with a potato masher or a fork to a chunky texture*, then cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon

* If you prefer a smoother texture, pour everything in to a food processor, and blitz for a few minutes.

Bonus Tips & Tricks:

  • Sour green apples work best – Granny Smith is a good bet.
  • Making this sauce should be a quick and easy process. If your apples need to cook for longer than 30 minutes, your pieces are too big. Overcooking your apples is a big no-no as apples lose their flavour the longer they’re cooked.
  • Avoid using white sugar as your sweetener. It will make the sauce too sweet and you won’t get the tasty caramel flavours we associate with good applesauce.
  • Err on the side of less-is-more with your sweetener. If once cooked and cooled it’s not sweet enough for your liking, you can add some maple syrup or honey.
  • Add a hint of lemon zest for an interesting and unexpected zing!
  • The sugar in the sauce acts as a preservative so this sauce can easily be made, and ticked off your to do list, a few days before Christmas Day.
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