Cooking in Korea: Applesauce!

South Korea has some of the sweetest and most flavorful apples around, and applesauce is the perfect way to enjoy them! Cook up a batch of this applesauce, make your apartment smell like heaven, and warm yourself up as we head into this chilling winter!

The ingredient list and cooking process are super simple. I bought everything, except for the cinnamon, in Korean grocery stores. The cinnamon was a gift mailed to me from mi madre. If you want to find cinnamon in a Korean store, it’s called “계피” (gye-pi) and is definitely available at larger grocery stores. I used 5 apples and it made about 2 cups of applesauce.

photo 1The Ingredients

  • 5 medium-sized, peeled apples (the large ones are sweeter, but much more expensive)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

*adjust sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon to your taste

photo 2Cook it uuup

  • Cut apples into slices that are all the same size.
  • Place all the ingredients in a pot (don’t forget the water!).
  • Turn on stove to medium-high. Water will boil. Cover the pot and turn your stove to medium-low
  • Wait about 40 minutes. Occasionally check the apples and give them a little stir. Also check the water level to make sure your apples don’t burn. If all the water has evaporated, add a half-cup and continue cooking the apples.
  • Once the apples are soft, and mushy, take them off the stove.

photo 3Whisk it uuup

  • Take a whisk or a fork and stir, stir, stir!
  • Mash the apples until they break down to your desired consistency. I like to leave it just a little chunky.
  • If you want it more like store-bought applesauce, you can put your finished applesauce in a blender until it’s smooth and creamy!photo 4

Enjoy the applesauce and your divinely-scented house!



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