How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkes

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Most people simply serve their Hanukkah latkes with applesauce from a jar. Try making your own applesauce instead for entertaining or to be true to tradition. Homemade applesauce is tastier than store-bought sauce, and you can use the type of apples you prefer.

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Special tool: Food processor, nonstick skillet

Preparation time: 12 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Keeping kosher: Dairy if made with butter; pareve if made with oil

2 pounds sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious or Gala, or tart ones, such as Granny Smith or Pippin

2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice, or more to taste

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste

Pinch of ground cloves

1/4 cup apple juice or water (optional)

2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

  1. Peel and halve apples. Cut each in 6 to 8 wedges or in thick slices, discarding cores.

  2. Melt butter in a large sauté pan. Add apples and sauté over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until they are coated with butter.

  3. Add lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until liquid begins to come out of apples. If pan is dry, add apple juice and bring to a simmer.

  4. Uncover and cook over low heat, gently stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until apples are tender and beginning to fall apart.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Taste and add more sugar if needed and return to heat for another 2 minutes. Add nutmeg and more lemon juice or cinnamon if you like. Let cool.

  6. Puree apple mixture in a food processor, leaving it chunky, if you prefer, or running machine until applesauce is smooth.

  7. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature, with potato pancakes.

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