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12 Oct 2014

Homemade Applesauce

I kind of was in a stump yesterday as to what else to put on top of my favourite weekend breakfast food - pancakes.

There's maple syrup (the usual choice for everyone the world over), agave syrup (for the health conscious), Nutella and Cookie butters (for those who do not sacrifice flavor for calories... Aaahhh cookie butterrr), fruits, berries, fried chicken (yes, that's right Fried Chicken but it's served as an accompaniment just ask IHOP and it's delish) and then it hit me, applesauce! I have never tried putting applesauce on pancakes even if it seemed like an obvious choice. Not to mention the fact that it has already been done since time immemorial. A quick browse on trusty ol' Google and I gathered the best bits of a bazillion applesauce recipes and came up with this.

Sweet cinnamony goodness with just a touch of sourness thanks to the lemon. I also made sure that the apples were not overcooked, as I wanted it to have a bit of a bite and not just mushed up baby food. You can add either nutmeg or allspice or both but I added only nutmeg, Next time I'll try the allspice.

Happy Eating!


4 - 6 medium sized apples (any variety would do but do take note if the apples you use are tart then they will not be as sweet, add more sugar if you desire)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup apple juice or apple cider or just plain water (I used water and please feel free to add more than a cup of necessary)
Juice of one lemon
2 tbsps cinnamon
a dash of nutmeg or allspice (optional)

Peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a pot with  the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As soon as it bubbles up lower the heat and let it simmer until half of the liquid has been reduced (Inhale that sweet apple cinnamony fragrance) and the apples are quite soft, about 20 minutes. Check constantly as sugar has a high tendency to burn once all liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and serve or put in cute mason jars for later use.

Easy peasy.

Ladle over pancakes, ice cream, sponge cake, scones or serve as a side dish to roast meat - you get the idea. :)

Any more pancake topping ideas?


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