My mother has been into organic food pretty much her whole adult life. I remember shopping in natural food stores with her when I was a kid. She was a voracious label reader and always said "I'm not buying it if the ingredients are as long as the Declaration of Independence." Way back in the 60's she didn't like what she read on baby food jars so she made ours, putting fresh ingredients into a blender.
Consequently, we didn't have a whole lot of sweets in our house growing up. Cookies and ice cream only made an appearance if they were homemade with fresh ingredients. Chip and soda were only for birthdays. McDonald's visits were maybe once a year.
This sweet delicious apple sauce was a big favorite at home. My mother was a single working mom so there was not a whole lot of time for cooking. When she did have some stolen moments in the kitchen, her creativity shone. Mom's version uses different varieties of apples in varying degrees of sweet and tart. She also adds one pear and cooks everything in apple juice instead of water. Leaving the peels on make this a quick and easy version.
This recipe uses zero sugar. You won't believe how sweet it is and the color is so pretty. When I was a kid I thought of this as my mother's magical pink applesauce. After making it myself for the first time, I still do.
- 2 each of different varieties of apples. Your choice (I used, pink crisp, red delicious, golden delicious, cameo and a granny smith)
- 1 large very ripe pear (I used a bartlett)
- Pure unsweetened apple juice
- One large pinch of cinnamon
- Chop up apples into small pieces. Discard the cores.
- Place in a large saucepan and pour the apple juice over the apples just until the pieces are covered.
- After about 20 minutes add the cinnamon and stir.
- Boil at a medium heat until the apples are soft and the liquid is absorbed (30-40 minutes)
- Let cool for about a half hour and then transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.