I decided to make Appelmoes also known as Dutch Apple Sauce. I've been wanting to make apple sauce (and baked apples) all season and I loved the spices that are added. I also picked this because my nieces and nephew love apple sauce and eat it as a snack all the time. I thought that they might like to try a homemade version and since I'll be seeing them tomorrow it was a perfect fit. This recipe couldn't have been easier and yet it is still full of flavor. You can eat it as is or use it as an accompaniment to pork or something I love...Pierogies (Steve thinks that is so weird)! I didn't make many changes to the recipe at all. I just left out the cardamom because I couldn't find a small container and I didn't want to buy a big bottle for $7 that I may not use again. I don't think that mattered too much. I also reduced the amount of some of the spices because I wanted to make sure the kids would eat it and it wouldn't be too strong on their delicate palettes. I will post the recipe with my changes but you can view the original recipe (and check out all the other fantastic recipes) by clicking here.
4 cortland apples
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 whole cloves
- Very simply, peel and chop the apples, place in the saucepan with the sugar and spices and only about 1/2 cup of water.
- Bring to the boil and then cover, turn down to a low heat and cook, covered, for thirty minutes.
- The apples should now be soft so bring up the heat and stir until it thickens into a good, proper sauce. (I used a potato masher so the sauce wouldn't be too chunky for the kiddies.)