I have read and seen in so many books and blogs that applesauce can be used in baking and that we can reduce the amount of fat in baking when using apple sauce. Back in the US, you can find applesauce in all grocery stores, but I was just a beginner in baking then and I have not used it in baking till now. In India, only few stores have it, and now I wanted to try it out in baking, so I thought I'll make it at home. Making applesauce at home is not at all difficult, in fact it's very very easy, just cooking the apples with some lemon juice. We can make applesauce with almost all apples, but soft varieties would be better..
Need To Have
- Apples - 3 small
- Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
Wash, peel, deseed and dice the apples into small pieces ( came to about 2 cups ). Take the apple pieces in a pan, add about a tablespoon of water and the lemon juice and heat it.
When it starts bubbling, reduce the heat, cover and cook till the apples break down completely ( about 8 to 10 minutes). Cool it completely, blend it into a smooth paste, remove and store.
While cooking the apples, keep stirring and checking, so that the apples don't stick to the pan, if the heat is low this will not happen, but keep checking.
I have made the basic applesauce, I have not added sugar or any flavors, but you can add sugar and some cinnamon powder for flavor. Cook them along with the apples.
Cooking time varies with the quantity cooked.
I got about 3/4 cup of applesauce.