Sweet And Spiced Applesauce Recipe
5 Granny Smith apples
5 Honeycrisp apples
1 cup water
juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Wash the apples. Trim off ¼ inch from the top and bottom. Discard the ends.
Peel all sides, then hold the apple upright and make 4 cuts around the core, getting as close as possible to the core without cutting into it. Discard the core.
Chop up the rest of the apple. You should have roughly 10 cups of chopped apples.
Add the apples, water, orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla to a medium pot. Stir well.
Place pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Remove from heat.
Mash with a potato masher if you want it chunky, or use an immersion or countertop blender if you want a smoother texture.
Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and serve while warm.