When my husband and son recently visited the Central Coast in California, we had the tasty pleasure of taking a tractor ride to an orchard by Avila Valley Barn. We picked as many apples as our boxes and arms could carry. In addition to eating apple after apple, we made this yummy spiced applesauce. Try it on oatmeal, swirled into yogurt, or right off a spoon.
- 2 pounds apples, cored, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- Generous pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a low boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste and adjust spices, if desired.
- You can keep the sauce chunky or use a potato masher to make it less chunky.
- Serve warm or refrigerate and serve chilled.