A number of weeks ago I told you about the ridiculous collection of delicious apples that I hauled home from a friend's farm in Pennsylvania.

I've had the apples refrigerated since then, but as the days go by the decision of what to do with them has been becoming more urgent.

They're not great to eat whole anymore, the texture isn't as crisp as when I first picked them from the trees, and I'm not much of a baker.

But I found a recipe for homemade applesauce made in an Instant Pot that was easier than a non-baker like me could have ever asked for, and delicious to boot!

Photo by Justin Louis

I made a few adjustments based on what I had at home and the type of apples.

The original recipe called for some lemon juice, but I've got Jonagold apples, which are a perfect balance between sweet and tart, so I didn't want to add any more tart flavor to the mix.

It also called for brown sugar but, wouldn't you know it, I didn't have any.

But one thing I do have plenty of - honey!

Both natural sweeteners, the honey was a great substitute for brown sugar.

So, here's what I ended up going with:

  • 8 Jonagold apples, peeled and chopped (I kept them in somewhat larger chunks to keep some texture)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey (please, please, please go with the good honey! Throw out all the "honey" that you've ever gotten from the grocery store in a plastic bear and splurge on raw local honey. Yes, it'll cost more, but believe me, you'll never go back to the bear!)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (yes, butter, go with it and trust me!)

Slap the lid on that bad boy, set the timer for 4 minutes, and wait.

With the Instant Pot, you'll have to wait for it to come up to pressure and you should give it a few minutes at the end to at least partially release some of the pressure naturally, so the whole thing will take 15-20 minutes, but trust me, your patience will be rewarded.

When you take the lid off, all you have to do is stir it all together, and you have a perfect, delicious, and of course healthy fall treat!

Photo by Justin Louis

I don't see any reason that you couldn't add some more flavors to the recipe, either. Throw in some fresh New Jersey blueberries or maybe some strawberries and you've got a great snack for the whole family!

 

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