I think I'm beginning to get a little bit of an applesauce obsession. Whenever there's a large quantity of apples in my house, the thought of warm, sweet, and comforting applesauce pops into my brain! I've also begun thinking of all different types of variations on the traditional applesauce. Apple and pear, apple and cranberry, apple and raspberry...oh my! That list could go on forever! This time though, I made a fairly traditional applesauce, but, instead of making it all on the stove like I did last time, I roasted my apples in the oven first. Roasting the apples in the oven allows them to caramelize, resulting in a more complex and overall delicious flavour. Because this applesauce has many dimensions of flavour, it tastes great on its own, but why not top off your next batch of potato latkes! I know that's what I did!
about 10 apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1/4 cup orange juice
5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 425º. Combine orange juice, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a medium-sized baking dish.
2. Place apple quarters in dish and top with small pieces of butter.
3. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until apples are soft.
4. Using a potato masher, mash the apples in the same baking dish until you have reached your desired consistency. Stir in cinnamon. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.