Apple Cider Applesauce
You can put this through a food mill, but why? The old-school chunky texture is great. If your family does not like things spicy or is not fond of the flavor of anise, omit the cardamom and star anise. For kids who are not used to spice, try adding just a little bit and let them get used to the new flavor. Over time you can build up the spice profile.
Serves 12. Freezes well also.
4 1/2 pounds apples (we recommend Gala), peeled, cored and sliced
2 cups no-sugar-added apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise (optional)
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus more if desired
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1. Combine the apples, cider, cinnamon stick, star anise (if desired) and lemon juice in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes, until the apples are tender.
2. Remove the star anise and cinnamon stick. Mash to the desired consistency with a potato masher or use a stick blender, then simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes longer, until the mixture is the desired thickness.
3. Remove from the heat and mix in the sugar, salt, ground cinnamon and cardamom, if desired. Adjust the level of tartness with additional lemon juice, if desired.
Recipe has not been professionally tested for accuracy or flavor. Outcomes may vary.