I say this every time, but this is another really easy recipe that anyone can make. Apple sauce is a Christmas staple and another great addition to the home made hamper. I think this would make a very simple and thoughtful gift for teachers, friends and work colleagues. The thought and effort that goes into home made gifts does not go un-noticed.
- knob of butter
- Green apples
- Raw sugar (1/2 – 1 tsp per apple)
- Cinnamon – to taste
- 3 cloves
You will also need sterilised preserving jars and bottling equipment. As an guide 15 average sized apples will make approximately 6 x 250ml jars (8 oz).
- Have jars sterilised and ready.
- Peel, core and chop apples into thin slices.
- Melt butter in saucepan and add apples, sugar and cloves. Place lid on the saucepan.
- Gently stew (stirring occassionally) until apples are cooked through.
- When apples are completely soft and cooked through, remove the cloves and add cinnamon to taste. Start with a pinch, and keep adding until you are happy.
- Use bar-mixer/food processor to blend apples until smooth. You may wish to add a little extra water if you prefer a thiner consistency. Return to pan and simmer for a few more minutes.
- Pour into sterilised jars, careful to not contaminate, and seal.
Bottled apple sauce that has been properly preserved can last for years, but is better to be used within the year. You can also try experimenting with different spices and fruits. Have fun.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like pistachio crusted choc-orange bites to add to the hamper. Click here to go to the recipe.