Fall wouldn't be Fall without making the maximum number of apple recipes manageable. This easy peasy applesauce recipe is a must-make this season.
Hand-picked apples from the farm blended with cinnamon and brown sugar make this homemade applesauce just perfect.
Oh, the many ways you can enjoy applesauce
- naked, plain, outta the jar, with a spoon
- warmed up and drizzled over creamy vanilla ice cream
- stirred into plain greek yogurt with a sprinkling of granola
- topping or dipping sauce for Hanukkah potato latkes (that's how I like mine!)
- lower fat substitute for oil in brownies
- baked into my Applesauce Cake!
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It's all about Fall flavor
These apples get a good hit of cinnamon flavor and rich brown sugar in this recipe. You could always add more or less cinnamon, add in some allspice, ginger, nutmeg, or other Fall spice to jazz it up and make it your own.
For me, simple works just fine and dandy. Plus, my husband isn't a huge fan of Fall spices (or so he says - somehow he always manages to eat a majority of my pumpkin roll which has loads of Fall spices... just an observation..) so I keep it straightforward with cinnamon only.
How easy is applesauce to make?
Honestly, this applesauce recipe is so stinking' easy! And quick, too. The part that takes the longest is peeling, coring and slicing the apples.
If you enlist some helpers (aka, your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, spouse) it goes much quicker and makes them feel all warm and fuzzy for contributing. Anyone who helps in my house gets dibs on first taste! That always works like magic.
Once the apples are peeled, cored, and sliced, add them to a large pot and throw in the water (you could use apple juice or apple cider if you've got it too!) lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, giving it a good stir.
Set it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until the apples are nice and soft.
Once they're cooked, you can mash them with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or you can puree in the blender for a smoother applesauce.
I prefer it pureed and so do my kids. When blending the apples, be careful to avoid filling your blender all the way to the top, as it may splatter steaming hot apples all over you or your kitchen.
To be safe, puree the applesauce in two smaller batches. And, just like that you've got yourself homemade applesauce!
Looking for more Fall-inspired desserts? Try these:
- 6 pounds apples peeled, cored, and cut into 8 slices each
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
- Carefully puree in a food processor or blender (fill only halfway, splitting into two portions, if needed) until desired consistency is reached.
- This applesauce will keep well in the fridge for awhile if stored in jars with tightly fitted lids
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