10 Minute Microwave Applesauce7:00:00 AM
I am happy to say that we are leaving the world of baby food. At 11 months, the majority of what my twins consume (barring my milk) is table food.
With that said, keep in mind that while we were in the baby food phase, I am guessing that I made about half of the baby food that they ate. How did I make baby food when I work full time outside the house? I found shortcuts. And I am going to share one of those shortcuts to you today: how to make applesauce quickly, in relatively small amounts.
Even though the babies ate applesauce, I do not view this recipe as necessarily baby food. My four-year-old loves this recipe, and you can add things (honey, cinnamon, etc) to make the recipe more grown up. The method that I use is one I learned from Alton Brown in this recipe.Now, with the alcohol and honey in this recipe, it is definitely not for babies (never give your less than one-year-old child honey because of infant botulism!), but hey, if you’re cooking solely for grownups, it’s yummy!
This is my recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Microwave:
6-7 apples (I like pink lady, golden delicious, or fuji—any sweet cooking apple—NOT red delicious)
1 cup water
Peel apples and core. Cut up in 1 inch pieces. Put into a microwave safe bowl or casserole. Pour water over it. Put either a microwaveable lid or plastic wrap on the bowl. Vent the lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 10 minutes—I do 5 minutes, stir, then do an additional 5 minutes. Then you can use whatever tool you have at hand to create your desired consistency—potato masher for more grown up applesauce, or you can use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. I use an immersion blender. Process until you reach your desired consistency. Serve warm or cold. This recipe freezes well, or you could can it using the USDA guidelines.