From the comforting aroma of simmering apples to the satisfying sweetness, this applesauce will surely become a favorite tradition during the Festival of Lights.
6 apples (preferably tart varieties such as Granny Smith)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Peel, core, and chop the apples into small pieces.
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the chopped apples, water, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon (if desired).
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan.
Simmer the mixture for about 20-25 minutes, or until the apples are soft and easily mashed with a fork. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Remove the saucepan from heat and allow the applesauce to cool slightly.
Using a potato masher or a blender, blend the cooked apples until you achieve your desired consistency. For a chunky applesauce, use a potato masher. For a smoother applesauce, use a blender or food processor.
Taste the applesauce and adjust the sweetness or tartness by adding more sugar or lemon juice if desired.
Serve the homemade applesauce warm or chilled as a delicious accompaniment to latkes or other Hanukkah treats.