Wise Sons Rustic Applesuace

We use Golden Delicious apples because of their balance in sweetness and acidity. We add a few whole sprigs of fresh thyme to add a more complex layer of savory to balance the sweetness. Brown sugar adds a rich, caramel-like note. We like to add a tablespoon or two of unsalted butter right before cooking, but that’s optional.

December 01, 2017

Ingredients

  • 8–10 medium Golden Delicious apples
  • 2½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preparation

Peel and core all of the apples, then medium dice them (about ¼ inch square). Combine the diced apples with the rest of the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes, using a rubber spatula to constantly scrape the sides and bottom to prevent burning or sticking. If the applesauce starts to bubble and pop too much, turn the heat down to low and add a little bit of water to loosen the mixture, being careful not to let it scorch or burn. You want all of the flavors to slowly caramelize.

When the applesauce is finished, the diced apples should be softened but still hold their shape. If not using right away, spread the applesauce flat on a baking sheet to cool, then transfer to a food safe container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients

  • 8–10 medium Golden Delicious apples
  • 2½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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