Hard Cider Applesauce (aka Waste Not Want Not Applesauce)

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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
  1. Peel, core, and slice apples.
  2. Add to pot with all other ingredients.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer for 20-30 minutes or until soft.
  4. Mash with a masher or blend with an immersion blender. Continue to simmer until “saucy.”
  5. Cool. Serve. Add more sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg if you’d like.
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