Simple Apple Sauce, a recipe for how to cook the flavor of the season
8 apples (Cortland's are good a mushy apple for sauce), cored, and cut into chunks (peeling is optional)
1/3 cup water or Zinfandel (yes that is right, red wine - for a delicious rich sauce)
1 tbsp Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice
1/4 cup sugar (optional)
In 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water (or wine).
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100%) 12 to 14 minutes or until apples are tender.
Check the apples every 4 or so minutes, turn the bowl around if you do not have a turn table in your microwave.
Stir in the sugar (optional) and Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice.
Return the bow to the microwave and cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
Stir and set aside to cool before serving.
If you prefer a finer sauce, mash or puree the apples after it has cooled.
This makes 4 cups.
Growing up I never appreciated this simple staple's power. The older I get I am amazed at how many recipes it makes better. Pork chops are never as succulent with out it. Baked goods take on an ethereal quality from it.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:28am