Such simple comfort food!
We often wind up making this recipe when the apples (or pears!) we’ve bought are really floury or soft but we don’t want them to go to waste. My biggest little one is very excited whenever this recipe appears. He has Oral Allergy Syndrome and reacts quite badly to raw apple, but cooked he can handle it!!
Like most of my recipes I take the simple (lazy?!) option!
As well as taking less time, leaving the skin on the fruit is terrific for the added fibre and nutrients. Very simple, and you don’t need to add any extra sweeteners.
- 6 apples (whichever kind you like)
- peel of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 6 cloves
- 1/4 cup water
Thermal Cooker Method: Core and slice the apples, place them in the machine, sprinkle over cinnamon and cloves. Then use a peeler to remove the yellow layer only of the lemon. Add the strips to the top of the apples.
Add in the water and set for 15 minutes, speed 1, ST.
Stove top method: place all of the ingredients into a large sauce pan, cook, stirring frequently, with the lid on in between stirring. Will take about 15-20 minutes on the stove.
If you want a sweeter fruit desert, add in a handful of sultanas during the last few minutes of cooking.
Place in an air tight container in the fridge and use for up to a week. Remove the peel and cloves before serving.
If you want a most delicious, fragrant, thick apple sauce instead, follow the same steps as above, then remove the lemon rind and either transfer to a blender or set a speed 4 for 15 seconds, scrape down and repeat.
How can I use stewed apples?
- Eat them on their own!
- Mix it with yoghurt for breakfast or dessert
- Use it as a topping for your soaked overnight oats
- Add it to your cereal
- Add in some roasted, crunchy nuts and have it for an afternoon ‘pick-me-up’
- Serve it as a side to a soft tea cake
And the sauce?
- Perfect if you’re doing baby food
- Mix it through yoghurt
- Use it as an egg or sugar replacer in cakes and baking (check out my Apple, Pumpkin and Oat muffins, or my Maple Cinnamon Weet-bix slice)
- Use it with you next pork roast or pulled pork burgers.
- Freeze it in ice cube trays so you can grab it out at short notice