Smooth, comforting, cinnamon applesauce that you can make at home anytime. Enjoy this delicious freshly made applesauce whenever you like by making it at home with just a few ingredients – apples, cinnamon, sugar (brown and white), apple spice, lemon juice and water.
One of the best things about fall is picking newly ripen apples off the trees. Crunching into a fresh picked apple with sweet juice splashing into your mouth and maybe a little running down your face is so good! I love eating an apple anytime, any day. That is a great thing about apples you can pick them fresh in the fall and they store well in cold storage or you can pick a few up from your local farmer’s market every fall plus they are readily available in the store year round. Apples are so refreshing and so good for you too.
A couple of weeks ago we made homemade apple cider. It was really easy. We juiced some apples, added a little lemon juice, cinnamon and allspice, chilled it, then when it was time to drink it was so refreshing and delicious.
Along with drink apple cider, I love eating applesauce as well, especially this freshly made applesauce. I prefer it smooth and just a little bit sweet. Not too sweet, just right sweet.
Some tips to making homemade applesauce:
Use a variety of apples from Granny Smith (for a little tartness), Gala (for smoothness), yellow delicious (for sweetness), and Honeycrisp all are good choices. But feel free to use your favorite apples. If you use Pink Lady, your applesauce will be a little pink.
Sprinkle a little fresh lemon juice on the apples right after cutting and peeling, swirling in the bowl after each new apple is added. The lemon juice slows down the browning of the apples, but doesn’t really change the flavor.
Depending on how juicy the apples are they will add liquid while your are cooking them. For this reason you only need a little bit of water while cooking the apples.
Apple quarters or eighths are a good size to cook with.
Blend to smooth to your desire of chunkiness. My Blendtec only took about 20 seconds to make almost completely smooth. If you prefer chunker, use a potato masher.
If you feel like there is too much liquid, leave some in the pan, and don’t use it all. Or you can cook the blended applesauce for a little longer until it is the consistency you prefer.
Store in a quart jar in the fridge for up to a week.
Don’t hesitate to serve warm, it is delicious this way.
- 8 large apples (use a variety of types - 2 or 3 kinds)
- 1 large lemon (freshly squeezed)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp apple spice
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/8 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 3/4 cup water
- Wash, peel, remove seeds, and cut into 8 pieces each apple
- After each apple is peeled and cut, place in a bowl and sprinkle with fresh squeezed lemon juice to prevent browning
- Place all ingredients into a large pot and stir to mix
- Place on stovetop over medium heat
- Stir occasionally for 20 to 30 minutes until apples are soft
- For chunky applesauce smash with a potato masher, for smooth applesauce pluse in a blender until the smoothness you prefer
- Serve warm (it's delicious)
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
Original post was released Oct 2012, homemade applesauce was updated January 2022 with pictures and tips for more clarity
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