There’s no denying that we all love comfort food, especially during the winter months.
The other night, I went out for dinner with a friend of mine, and we both agreed that were craving something “good.” We settled on a nice Italian restaurant, so we could load up on the carbs.
We both watch what we eat most of the time (and yes, I’m eating salad as I type this)…but as they say, everything in moderation. I think it’s so important to indulge in comfort food every once in a while, simply because of the joy it brings. Do I eat a big bowl of pasta, fried calamari, bread and wine in one sitting often? No, of course not…but once in a while? Yes.
BUT. Not every comfort food is “bad” for you, especially if you lump dessert into that category. One of my favourite homemade desserts is quite healthy, but I still consider it a treat because it’s homemade, full of rich, warm spices and tastes infinitely better it’s store-bought cousin.
I’m talking about homemade applesauce, which is also very easy to prepare! The hardest part of making this recipe is that peeling apples can get a little bit tedious, but I promise that it’s worth the struggle.
Remember that the details below are to be used as a guideline. You won’t “screw up” if you don’t have the exact number of apples, and you can sweeten/spice to your taste. It’s kind of like what I did with this recipe back in the fall.
6-8 medium-sized apples
1/4 cup of water
3-4 tbsp sugar (or any sweetener your prefer)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Peel and core the apples, cutting them into small cubes (around 1/2″ or so).
Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring everything to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Continue cooking for about 20-25 minutes, or until the apples reach your preferred tenderness. I like my applesauce a little bit chunky, but if you like it more smooth, you can cook it longer, or even use a hand blender to break it down a little bit.
Serve warm, or put it in the fridge and eat it chilled!
Have you ever tried homemade applesauce? If not, I really hope you try making some this weekend!