Today it is very cool outside, sun occasionally breaking through charcoal clouds and somewhere someone has their woodstove fired up.
All of this combined with the spicy fragrance of this applesauce in our kitchen makes this first full day of Autumn feel especially cozy!
Warm Spiced Applesauce
7 McIntosh apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used McCormick Roasted Saigon Cinnamon – it has a deep & spicy flavor!)
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Peel and core the apples – do not discard the peel. Cut each apple into 8 slices. Place slices into a large mixing bowl. Add to the bowl the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly combined and apples are coated.
Place the peels into a food processor and process until they are finely chopped. Add them to the mixture along with the water and stir to combine.
Pour the apple mixture into an 8″ x 8″ square baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the apples moist. Once the apples are soft and mash-able, remove from oven.
Use a masher to break down the apples. Stir the sauce through and serve warm.