Old Fashioned Granny Smith Applesauce
Try our recipe for old-fashioned Granny Smith applesauce, made with apples, homemade or store-bought apple juice, cinnamon, and sugar.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 8Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- ½cup apple juice
- Cinnamon (to taste)
- Sugar (to taste)
- 3whole cloves
- Optional: 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or to taste)
- Optional: (1/2 cup water)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven , combine the apple slices and apple juice or water.
Step 3Place over medium-high heat and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the apples begin to release their juices and the mixture starts to simmer.
Step 4Add the cloves, reduce the heat, and cover.
Step 5Simmer, stirring frequently and crushing the apples with a spatula, until the fruit is tender and the mixture is chunky, for roughly 15 to 20 minutes. If you prefer a smoother applesauce, cook it a little longer, and add a 1/4 extra liquid, juice or water.
Step 6Remove from heat, discard the cloves, and sweeten to taste with cinnamon and sugar.
Step 7Stir in dried cranberries, if using.
Step 8Serve warm, or transfer to a covered container and store in the refrigerator.
Step 9Enjoy! ORIGINAL VERSION
Step 10Place the apple peels in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven and cover with water.
Step 11Cook over medium heat until the peels are soft and the water is the color of apple juice, for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 12Working over a bowl, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Save the liquid in the bowl, and discard the peels and cores.
Step 13In the original saucepan or Dutch oven, place enough of the "apple liquid" to barely cover the sliced apples.
Step 14Add the cloves.
Step 15Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the apples are tender and the sauce is chunky. For a smoother sauce, add more of the apple liquid or water and cook longer.
Step 16Discard the cloves, and add cinnamon and sugar to taste.
Step 17Add dried cranberries, if desired.