I never outgrew my childhood affinity for applesauce. It is such a ridiculously simple food, and a favorite healthy snack. I am not talking about the oversweetened packaged super-homogenized kind of commerical apple sauce. I was lucky enough to grow up with my mom’s rustic, chunky, delicious homemade apple sauce which she taught me how to make. Here is a multi-fruit version inspired by her recipe, taking advantage of the last peaches of summer that are not quite as glorious and tempting to eat as-is, as were their earlier in the season counterparts. Also a great way to use up those few sad apples in your fridge drawer that might have slightly passed their prime. Delicious hot or cold, and goes beautifully with hot breakfasts (serve it with pancakes, waffles, or french toast, or atop a bowl of oatmeal – or heck, even stirred right in!) or as a cold snack with yogurt, cottage cheese, you name it. Or perhaps a healthy light dessert, if you fancy…super easy recipe, can be easily scaled up or down (this recipe makes about 1.5 pints worth, roughly enough for 4 as a condiment served alongside a breakfast).
- 4-5 tart or semi-tart apples (eg Gravenstein, Mutsu/Crispin, Braeburn…)
- 2-3 ripe peaches
- 1 ripe pear (any kind is fine)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
Peel your apples (optional, but good to do if they have a thick peel). Cut into about 1/2″ thick chunks. Cut the other fruit into similarly sized to slightly larger chunks.
The apples will take longest to cook, so put them into a medium sized pot with the cinnamon and water and bring to a boil, covered, over medium heat.
After about 5 minutes the apple chunks should be softening and starting to fill your kitchen with a wonderful appley-cinnaomy smell.
At this point, add the other fruit and continue to boil over medium heat, covered, stirring periodically for about 5-7 minutes, making sure not to burn the fruit.
Finally, bring the heat down to medium low and simmer uncovered for another 3-5 minutes, stirring to help break up the fruit a bit.
Enjoy warm, or refrigerate store for later!