As Thanksgiving approaches, let your lil cook get in the holiday spirit by hosting an applesauce feast for his or her friends. Ask each guest to bring an apple or two. Then, guide the kids through this simple recipe. More than making a delicious snack, the fun activity will teach them the value of teamwork.
6 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
Place peeled, cored and quartered apples in a sauce pan with the water, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring the mixture to boil, then simmer uncovered for half an hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the vanilla bean.
Remove from heat, stir in sugar and mash to a desired consistency. After the sauce cools, refrigerate it until you are ready to eat. Garnish with cinnamon.
Makes 4 servings.