I went to Whole Foods this past week and picked up my favorite organic apples. I was all excited to eat one but once I bit into it I realized that they were more on the mealy side. I thought “What could I do with all of these apples that are slightly mealy?”. I decided to make applesauce. I usually wait to make applesauce until apple picking time in the Fall but thought, why not do it early? This applesauce is smooth, sweet and satisfying. It can easily be put in the freezer for later use, eaten as is or used in a recipe. I don’t add sugar because optimally your apples should be sweet as is and no sugar should be necessary. You also have the option of adding apple cider instead of water which adds sweetness.
Child Friendly Tip: Have your child put the cinnamon stick and apples in the pot.
Language Concepts: Vocabulary (apples, spices), temperature (hot, cold), texture (taste the apple and ask your child how it tastes and whether its soft, hard, etc), actions (mix, stir, etc), color (what color are the apples, can mix and match), sequencing, answering “wh” questions, critical thinking skills, and describing. Use your imagination and have fun!
6 apples (peeled, cut and ready to go)
1 pear (peeled, cut and ready to go)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon of ground all spice
dash of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons of water or apple cider (depending on what your preference is whether or like it thinner or thick)
squeeze of lemon (optional)
1. In a bowl mix all ingredients together and put in a saucepan.
2. On low heat, cook the apples until tender (about 15 minutes or so)
3. Take cinnamon stick out and put apples in food processor. Process until smooth.
4. Chill or eat as is.