homemade applesauce

November 15th, 2010

It’s apple central over here! I’ve been stocking up each time I go to the market and this past time I had applesauce in mind. a) because homemade applesauce just sounds delicious and b) because I saw this cake and felt the immediate urge to make it. I’ve got a few too many projects going on around here so I have to take one thing at a time and applesauce seemed like a good place to start.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually made applesauce before and unfortunately I was the kind of kid who stuck my nose up to homemade applesauce (only the super smooth jarred stuff please and thank you!), so I hadn’t even eaten too much of the homemade variety. Ahh how my life has changed. Making applesauce is a cinch. In it’s simplest form you could just simmer some apples with some water and have a perfectly delicious applesauce. But always one to tinker, I followed a recipe that included cinnamon sticks, lemon peel, and both white and brown sugars to add a little pizazz to my sauce.

After about a half hour my apples were soft to the touch and ready to be smashed. Little did I know that applesauce was a good stress reliever. I got my masher out and went to town on those puppies. The result was a slightly chunky sauce, laced with the perfect hint of cinnamon and enough lemon to make itself known. I actually felt like there may have been a little too much sugar, as the sauce was a bit sweeter than I anticipated, although it was still tasty (I’m never one to turn down anything sweet). I just think next time I’d reduce the sugar a bit. My first homemade applesauce was super simple to make and all the sauce that didn’t get eaten for breakfast will go in to making this cake. Stay tuned!

homemade applesauce
from simply recipes

I prefer Fuji apples for just about any apple recipe, but in case you can’t find those make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.

3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples
4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels.
Mash with potato masher.

Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

Comments: 9 Total

  1. Ang

    November 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I realize cooking something for 20 or 30 minutes isn’t a terribly long time, buuuut if you get hooked on making applesauce, I found that you can make it in less than 10 minutes (total prep + cooking!) with two of my favorite gadgets, the pressure cooker and a food mill/potato ricer.

    You just dump the quartered apples and all the spices with a splash of water into a pressure cooker. Heat it on high pressure for 2-3 minutes and then let the pressure down naturally. This is the ultimate in laziness because you don’t have to peel or core the apples. (I know, it’s not that hard, but I don’t find this task enjoyable for some reason.) The only caveat is that if you do want the finished sauce to be a bit chunky you might have to set aside some of the fleshy insides and not run them through the potato ricer.

  2. DailyChef

    November 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Love your recipe! I’ve only made applesauce once, and don’t think it was as good as yours looks.

  3. kelly

    November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    thanks ang! i don’t have a pressure cooker though, can you do it without one?

  4. Ang

    November 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Yes, you definitely could do it without the pressure cooker and just cook the apples for the normal 30 minutes and then run them through the food mill/potato ricer. It comes down to which thing you find more annoying… peeling apples or washing the food mill. :)

  5. Sarah

    November 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    My sister and I just made this yummy applesauce for our 90 yr old grandmother who recently had a pretty devastating stroke. I was feeling guilty giving her the store bought stuff, especially since she never liked it. This was incredibly easy to make and SOOO much better than store bought! And definitely took less than 30 minutes! Since we love to can, we were wondering what would need to be tweaked (if anything) to can this yumminess. Thanks for sharing!

  6. kelly

    November 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    hi sarah,
    i’m not much of a canner myself, so i’m not sure what to suggest. it doesn’t seem like you would need to change the recipe, but just make sure to properly clean and seal the cans. good luck!

  7. Nina

    November 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Yummers. I love homemade applesauce too. In fact….. I should really make some again this week. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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