I had some leftover cider in a growler from Thanksgiving, as well as some overly ripe apples. How to get rid of them? The obvious answer was hard-cider applesauce! No recipe needed: cut up the apples, add a generous amount of hard cider, and some lemon juice, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Boil down till the apples are soft, adding more liquid as needed. Mash, or blend for a smoother sauce. Tasty stuff!
Does the addition of hard cider change anything? It seemed to me that the apples broke down a bit faster, and there is a cider-y touch to the applesauce. Delicious, and simple!
Roughly estimated ingredients, in case you really need ’em:
- 12 small apples
- 10 oz hard sweet apple cider
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Peel, core, and slice apples.
- Add to pot with all other ingredients.
- Bring to a gentle simmer for 20-30 minutes or until soft.
- Mash with a masher or blend with an immersion blender. Continue to simmer until “saucy.”
- Cool. Serve. Add more sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg if you’d like.