I love this time of year. Apples are in season, and I have a great recipe for applesauce.
You will need a pressure cooker, preferably steel. Aluminum may work, but the acid in the apples is liable to do funky things, like pull metal out of the pan and make the applesauce grey and/or metallic tasting.
Here’s what you do:
Peel, core and quarter enough apples to fill your pressure cooker about 1/2 to 2/3 full. I normally use a 5 liter Kuhn-Rikon model, so that adds up to about 2 1/2 – 3 quarts of quartered apples.
I use a mix of half Granny Smith and half Fuji or Gala (Honeycrisp would work well too.)
To that add: 1 cup apple cider (I use Trader Joe’s Spicy Cider, but anything will work, even water in a pinch) 2 tablespoons maple syrup (the darker and stronger flavored the better. Use Grade B if you can get it) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Lock down the lid and bring up to full pressure. On my cooker that means I wait until I see both red rings on the little pressure indicator that pops up. Turn off the heat.
That’s it. It’s done. You will have to wait until the pressure has vented. You can speed the process by putting the whole pressure cooker in the sink and running cold water over it until the pressure indicator drops, but you don’t need to.
I cook in the evening, and just leave it sitting on the stove (with the burner off…) until the next morning. Remember that a pressure cooker effectively sterilizes whatever is inside, and as long as it is sealed, it will stay that way.
You will need to stir it, and you may need to break up a few lumps (or not, if like your apple sauce chunky…), but other than that, that it. I’ve found it keeps in the fridge for a week or so, though it rarely lasts that long….
If you need to make a bulk supply of apple sauce take a look at our article on how use a pressure canner for long term storage.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!