A neighbor once told us about how her mother used to make enough applesauce for an army on their wood stove. She used a simple recipe, lots of freshly-picked apples, and a large pot with a heavy bottom. She would combine everything in the pot and let it simmer for hours and hours on top of the old wood stove. Then she would can it so the kids could have a nutritious snack, no matter the season.
Their story inspired us to try making our own applesauce, and we’ve been using this simple recipe ever since. And don’t worry if you don’t have a wood stove to cook it on, a stovetop is just fine.
- 4 Granny Smith apples
- ½ cup (125 g) lemon juice
Peel and core the Granny Smith apples and cut them into small cubes.
Combine the apple cubes and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring from time to time.
When the apples have softened considerably—there should still be pieces visible—remove from the heat. Allow to cool slightly, cover the applesauce with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
For more, check out Apples by Christophe Adam (published by Rizzoli International Publications, 2017).