Caramelized Apple Sauce


3 tablespoons unsalted butter

6 Pippin or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons apple cider or fruit-flavored liqueur


Heat butter in large pan or skillet over medium heat. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon and raise heat. Sauté and stir mixture until apples begin to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.

Reduce heat under pan to medium and add 1/2 cup water. Simmer mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let mixture cool for 15 minutes.

Turn mixture into a food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency. (Alternatively, mixture can be mashed with a potato masher in the pan, which will produce a chunkier consistency.) Taste for seasoning.

When completely cool, spoon into clean jars and refrigerate for up to 1 week. (Let the recipient know that the sauce should be stored in the refrigerator.)

Makes 1 1/2 cups.