Stewed Apple Sauce
I can’t imagine a juicy pork chop without some apple sauce on the side. Or my afternoon yogurt snack without a fresh topping of my apple sauce. Although I have no idea whether I should call this apple sauce, apple compote or just plain stewed apples, it’s one of those simple little side dishes I make constantly. It’s hardly even a recipe it’s so very simple and I’m sure once you’ve tried it you’ll never use shop bought apple sauce again.
Preparation Time: 7 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6
5 x medium apples (I like Elstar) peeled, cored and roughly diced
A little water, about 1 cm / 0.5in. in the bottom of your pan, just so the apple sauce doesn’t stick.
- Place the apples and water into a heavy bottomed pan, bring to the boil, then allow to simmer until the apples are soft. This takes about 10 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the apples so they don’t stick or burn, stir occasionally giving them a mash against the side of the pan to check if they are getting soft.
- When the mix is soft mash with a fork or a wooden spoon or if you want a really smooth texture, give it a quick whizz up in the liquidizer.
Tips and Variations
- The amount of water can depend on the apples, so if you feel it is getting to dry while cooking, just add a little water. Or , if you feel there is too much water, just turn the heat up and let it evaporate as steam.
- Serve with roast chicken or pork. I love a little on my porridge or with some yogurt as a snack, even on its own.
- Try using half apples, half pears. If you do this, you can add the pears later, about half way through the cooking time, as they are normally softer and need less cooking.
- Don’t be tempted to add sugar until the apple sauce has cooled – once you taste it, you’ll more than likely find it doesn’t need any.
- This sauce keeps in the fridge for up to a week (I often keep it a little longer and it’s fine). You can freeze it also if you wish (even in ice-lolly shapes!)
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