chunky brown sugar applesauce

 

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My in-laws called us recently with a last-minute invitation to a pancakes and bacon supper at their place. I’m not one to turn down free food prepared by someone else under any circumstance, but we relished even more the opportunity to spend some time visiting with family over a meal of comfort food that appropriately celebrated the arrival of maple syrup season.

I wanted to bring something, but what do you bring as a side dish to a breakfast? I took a gander into this week’s local box and saw those lovely Macintosh apples and thought how nicely a dish of buttery, brown-sugary homemade applesauce would go with pancakes and bacon.

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Applesauce can be made a million ways, but here is how I prepared it this time, relatively quick, easy and delicious!

Chunky Brown Sugar Applesauce
makes 4-5 servings (as a side dish)
6 medium Macintosh Apples
ΒΌ Cup organic butter
2 T brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons warm water

1. Peel and core your apples, and cut them into about 1 inch chunks. No need to be super uniform, as long as they are approximately the same size they will cook nicely.

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2. In a medium saucepan or pot, melt the butter on medium heat until it just starts to brown. Add apples and brown sugar and cook, stirring frequently, for about five minutes.

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3. Add the cinnamon and water, and turn the apples down to medium low. Cover the pot and allow apples to simmer, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes or until nice and tender. Add more water as needed to keep the apples from sticking to the pan, or if you want your sauce a bit more liquidy.

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4. Remove from heat. I like to hand-mash the apples so they keep a chunky consistency, especially when serving warm. You could also use a hand blender or a food processor to make the apples more smooth.

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Serve with breakfast or as a side dish to any hearty winter or early spring dish. Leftovers are great with oatmeal at breakfast the next day! Enjoy!

-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and seasonally for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife

photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller