Candy Applesauce

Those little boys, the 2 year old twins love Grandma's homemade candy applesauce.  Chris, their Daddy did have a supply I had frozen and made them last fall but it is long gone.  With the closing of our local orchard this season I traveled a few extra miles to find homegrown Golden Delicious apples, my favorite variety for applesauce!!

Joe's Orchard up near Elberfeld filled the bill and I brought home a half bushel Friday.  I make them like this:

20 apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1 C. sugar
1/2 bag red hot candies sometimes called Cinnamon Imperials
1-1 1/2 C apple cider
juice of one lemon
pinch of salt

Peel and core apples into lemon juice, add salt and stir.

Combine apples, sugar, and cider in a large heavy bottomed kettle over low heat.  Simmer stirring occasionally until they are falling apart and add the candies.  Stir them in and continue to simmer until the candy is dissolved and the lumps are gone.  If you get in a hurry you can use a food mill or stick blender to smooth the consistency.  Pack into freezer containers and freeze until needed.

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