American Comfort Foods for Life Abroad: Cinnamon Applesauce

In 2003, I accepted a university placement in Scotland. At the time, it was in the name of adventure and seeing the world. Though during my time in Scotland, many natives scratched their heads over my decision to trade Southern California sunshine for Glasgow rain clouds. They were even more bewildered that I didn’t miss my homeland, and how well I had adapted to the British lifestyle.

To be honest, I am not sure how I did adapt so well. I traded coffee for tea and have never looked back. I was happy to call fries — chips and chips– crisps, though sometimes I am sure I muddled it all.

Still, there was a part of me that missed little things. Those familiar comfort foods, you know the ones, we pick up off the Safeway shelf without a second thought. Between exploring the UK and gaining an education, I admit I adopted a scavenger-hunt type hobby. I would try the hundreds of varieties of crisps they had to offer, and the delights of deep fried mars bars. Yet I’d also root out little places that sold the Americana things I craved. For those things I just couldn’t find, I would learn to make it from scratch.

In the spirit of my former ‘˜grocery store pirate’ days, I thought I’d share a favourite recipe of something I never found there. While it is true that there is a sauce made of apples that compliments pork dishes it’s just not Mott’s. (I know I’ve tried to eat it like it was. Let’s just say its not recommended).

Therefore, in this absence I have learned to make a mean Cinnamon Applesauce. So, if you are hungering for some good old applesauce or just have lots of idle apples, give this recipe a go. Perfect for autumn harvest (don’t say ‘fall’ no one understands that there).

Cinnamon Applesauce of Happiness
You will need:
3 pounds of quartered apples (peeled and cored)
1/4 cup of each: dark brown sugar and white sugar
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 cup of water
Cinnamon stick (can substitute with powdered cinnamon)

What to do:

Step 1: Place everything into a large pot with a cover.

Step 2: Bring to a boil, then lower the hear and simmer for 20-30 minutes. This is a good time for a cup of tea.

Step 3: Remove from heat and take cinnamon sticks out.

Step 4: Mash softened apples with a potato masher. Mass until the desired consistency (I like to leave a bit unmashed a la chunky applesauce). Step 4: Enjoy. Fine in the fridge for later and the freezer for even later (lasts about a year).