Who doesn’t love the bite of ginger, the warmth of a hot toddy, and the holiday taste of cinnamon? This is my perfect “Apple a day makes the doctor wanna stay” solution - applesauce laced with a little heat from ginger, nostalgia from cinnamon, and the unexpected addition of cinnamon whiskey! All cooking is done in the microwave (if you don’t have one the stovetop is just fine), so FRESH applesauce tops your holiday breakfasts, or Hanukkah latkes! If you don’t want to add the booze, crush up a half cup of cinnamon red hots and cook them with the apples to add fire!
5-6 large granny smith or gravenstein apples
1 TB ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 cup EACH water and Cinnamon Whiskey
pinch of salt
peel, core and cut up apples in large chunks and place in microwave-safe bowl
sprinkle with cinnamon, cayenne pepper and ginger, add water and whiskey and salt, and mix gently
Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a little gap for steam
Microwave on HIGH for 15-18 minutes, until chunks mash with ease. Mash gently and stir. Let cool, and adjust cinnamon (or whiskey) to taste.