Monday, 7 April 2014

Homemade Applesauce

For someone who loves baking, and sugar, and all things unhealthy, I am finding Lent surprisingly easy. I thought that by now I would have suffered at least three sugar-related breakdowns, but it seems that the amount of coursework I had distracted me enough so that I only had coursework-related breakdowns. That's a success in my book.

Anyway, despite succeeding in Lent (I'm saying I've succeeded now even though there's time left because, well, go me I've done it for this long), I still miss baking and creating and eating and eating food that isn't bread. So, I thought I'd make a nice, healthy food that I can snack on without too much guilt, and one that I can possibly use in baking - I have my eye on some applesauce brownies, but I'm unsure about whether they can actually be classed as healthy... They may have to be.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick this was to make, so if you have some apples lying around, make this! I am having to stop myself from eating the whole jar right now...

Recipe (makes one large jar):
  • 5 cooking/bramley apples
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of half a lemon (omit if you don't like lemon very much)
  • 5 tbp water
  • 50g soft brown sugar (can be omitted if you're really healthy)
  1. Peel, core and dice the apples.
  2. Put apples, water and lemon into a large pan. Cover with a lid and place on a low heat.
  3. After about 5 minutes, add the sugar and stir.
  4. Leave to simmer until the apples are mushy (should not be longer than another 5 minutes).
  5. Remove from the heat, and stir vigorously to remove any lumps. You could even use a potato masher or a blender to make it really smooth - make sure it's cool enough if you want to use a blender.
  6. Allow to cool, place in a jar/container and try not to consume in one sitting.