Today has been cold here in Bristol. Clouds have covered the sky like some strange blanket that keeps the heat out and the cold in. I wanted to bake something little, something that would leave the smell of warm spice throughout our tiny flat.
Apple Sauce is lovely, eat it spread on warm toast or use it in your baking. It's nice on breakfast-y things too like porridge or granola.
And it's really really simple to make. I tend to make mine in small batches, because then I always have fresh sauce and can keep it in any little glass jars I have lying around.
Apples - I use 2-3
Large pinch of cinnamon
little pinch of grated nutmeg - if you like
2 floz water
1-2 tbsps of agave/maple syrup depending on how sweet you like it
Juice of half a small lemon - depending on how sharp you like it
Splash of vanilla extract
All you need to do is chop up your apples, I don't peel mine as I like how the peel gives it a rustic taste. Now add them to your trusty pan along with the spices, water, syrup and lemon. Give it all a good stir and simmer it gently on a low heat for about 5-10mins, until the chunks of apple are mushy.
Now remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. If you wish you can use a hand blender to blend it all into a smooth sauce, adding a little bit more hot water if needed. Or if your like it chunky then no need to blend, just let it cool slightly and then transfer to a glass jar, preferably airtight.
And that's it.
Happy baking! x