Cooking With Kids: Homemade Applesauce
Fall is apple season! Although my kids love to eat apples in any form, one of our favorite easy apple recipes is homemade applesauce. It is so simple and delicious, and all my kids--from the 3-year old up to the 9-year old--can help make it.
Apple picking is one of our favorite Fall traditions, but you could just as easily pick up a few pounds of apples at the grocery store or the farmers' market. I like to use a mix of different apple varieties--I think it really adds flavor and depth to the applesauce. Our favorites are Fuji, Red and Golden Delicious, and Gala, but you can definitely make delicious applesauce with almost any apples.
Here's what you need:
My two oldest kids peel the apples for me. I chop them up and my two younger kids put the chopped pieces into a large stock pot. Then you just add the rest of the ingredients (here, everyone gets a turn putting SOMETHING into the pot) and stir well.
Bring the apple mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat and let the apples simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. The extra bonus of this recipe is that the whole house smells great while the apples cook!
After an hour or so, turn off the heat and stir the apples well. Remove the cinnamon stick! If you feel like the apples haven't broken down enough and the sauce is too chunky, you can use a potato masher to smash them down to your desired consistency. This is another time that little hands can help (with some guidance from a parent)--my kids love mashing the apples down!
Served warm or cold, this applesauce is just delicious--it doesn't last long around here! But since it's so simple to make, we always do it a few times a season. Enjoy!
Jessica blogs daily about the layers of motherhood at her site, Little Nesting Doll. She and Bundle owner Allison have been friends ever since their college days, and Jessica's daughter was one of Allison's inspirations for starting Bundle!