Normally, the test kitchen is only open once a week here on the blog but yesterday I mentioned on facebook that I was making homemade applesauce and had a couple of people ask for the recipe.

So here it is; simple and yummy and with the added benefit of making your house smell so good.

In a large pot combine:

6 chopped up baking apples (McIntosh or Granny Smith were suggested but I had a few jazz and fuji on hand so that's what I used.)
1 1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

(Because it's the way I cook sometimes I tend to look at the recipe as a suggestion...meaning I eyeballed the amount of cranberries until it looked like a good apple to cranberry ratio; I added the half cup of brown sugar but added in a wee bit more so that it was probably closer to 3/4 cup and I rarely measure cinnamon.)
Once you have everything together cook on high heat stirring occasionally, for about 35 to 45 minutes or until your apples are very tender. I don't like super chunky applesauce so I use the potato masher on mine just a little to break down the bigger pieces of apple.

Some interesting facts about apples:

The science of apple cultivation is called pomology.

An average person will eat 65 apples in a year.

The bump at the front of the throat is called an "Adam's apple" which legend says was caused by the forbidden fruit getting stuck in Adam's throat when he ate it in the garden of Eden.

There are more than 8,000 varieties of apples.

People who like apples are said to be "outspoken, charismatic and enthusiastic."

And of course because we live in the world that we live in: the fear of apples is called malusdomesticaphobia.

Hope all my outspoken, charismatic and enthusiastic friends enjoy their apple sauce!




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