If you use eating apples, you won’t need as much sweetener, so make sure you taste the sauce before adding your chosen sweetener.
- 8 ounces cooking apples, such as Golden Delicious or Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped
- Zest of ½ lemon
- 1 ½ tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon light honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or unrefined cane sugar (or more or less to taste)
- Put the apples into a saucepan with the lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the apples are soft and mushy, and completely broken down. Depending on the type of apples you have used, you may need to mash them with a fork to help them along. The sugars in the apples can easily catch and burn, so keep a close eye on them.
- Once soft, remove from the heat and beat in the butter and sweetener. Serve at once, or transfer to a glass jar with a lid, allow to cool, and pop in the fridge. It will keep for about one week.