Every fall, the farmer’s market a few block from my home sells 4-pound bags of perfectly delicious, just slightly imperfect apples for $3. What a steal. Who can resist, especially when applesauce is so easy to make in the p.c.
I’ve known since testing recipes for Cooking Under Pressure in 1989 that just by bringing quartered apples up to pressure, then letting the pressure come down naturally, I could have a lovely applesauce in about 15 minutes. (With “pc” applesauce, you also save on prep time since the cooker tenderizes the apple skins–so there’s no need to peel them–plus the skins give the final product a rosy hue.)
Last year I discovered that by adding some crystallized ginger, I could take homemade applesauce from very good to sublime.
Here’s what you do: Put 1/2 cup water in the cooker and start bringing it to a boil. Meanwhile, slice large chunks of apple around the core. Discard the cores and toss the apples into the cooker. For about 4 pounds of apples, add 3 to 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped crystallized ginger.
Bring up to high pressure, then immediately turn off the heat. (If using an electric stove, move the cooker to a cool burner.) Wait about ten minutes and give it a stir. That’s all folks!
Eat warm with vanilla icecream or cool, then refrigerate for up to 10 days. Have some with your morning oatmeal or even better, with steel-cut oats. Enjoy!