Unless you are lucky enough to be living or simply vacationing in some exotic and warm place right now, chances are you are going to face some pretty cold nights in the weeks to come. This is not necessarily a bad thing, winter is actually my favorite season I think and I love the magic it brings.
What I also love about winter is some of the rich comfort food you have on those evenings staying in, tucked up somewhere warm with a good book/project/movie/boyfriend (these options alternate themselves for the top spot depending on the mood I am in!).
Here is a very simple and sweet treat which you don’t need to feel TOO guilty about, given that it is kind of a healthy alternative to some heavier deserts (which no doubt will be covered at some point, since those deserve their glory as well!).
To make this delicate and almost caramelized APPLE PUREE, all you will need is the following:
– 5-6 medium-sized apples (you may choose the variety although I would advise to steer clear of green apples because of their excessively acidic taste and would opt in favor of some fairly starchy ones). Of course quantity depends on you, however this will serve a very sizable amount. Keep in mind that the puree will contain no additives so it is best to consume it within 2-3 days.
– 1 average sized cinnamon stick
– 1/2 cup of sugar + 1/4 of a cup of liquid brown sugar (adds a more intense flavor although you have room for options with the sugar based on your personal tastes of course)
– vanilla extract – I chose to not use too much but this also depends on your individual taste
– 1/2 cup of water (of course if you vary the other quantities make sure to increase the amount of water which presents burning and facilitates the cooking of the apples).
Optional: 1/4 cup of orange juice for flavor
Chop the apples into equal-sized chunks so that they will take an approximately equal amount to cook evenly.
Combine with the water, sugar, liquid sugar, vanilla extract. Add the cinnamon stick to the mixture, trying to submerge it completely under the apples so as to gain a more intense taste.
Cook for around 20 minutes – you want to obtain a smooth consistency. The mixture should start to boil but make sure you continuously stir to avoid burning!
Leave to cool for 10 minutes and…READY TO ENJOY!
Store in the fridge for 2-3 days (if you are good enough to leave any!)
Here is a pic of my before and after for guidance: