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Applesauce Recipe

Homemade Applesauce

It's apple season, and what should you do if you have an abundant supply of apples? Follow Fresh Tart's lead and make applesauce!

I hated applesauce as a kid.  (I realize how many blog posts I begin by mentioning a food I hated as a kid.  I do it to reassure you, and myself, that picky children often become great cooks and eaters.  So hang in there if you're feeding the impossible.)

I hated its grainy, watery texture. I hated its unappetizing pinky-grey color.

I hated that it didn't taste like apple pie, which I loved.

And then I made homemade applesauce and like many things homemade, it blew my mind a little bit.  Smooth and almost creamy, thick and not-too sweet, scented with cinnamon and tasting fully of apples.  Like apple pie, in fact, warm and comforting.  Yes.

See her mind-blowing recipe when you read more.

It's the only applesauce I'll eat.  Bonus: It's one of my son's favorite foods, especially alongside pork (in particular, no-fail barbecued ribs, tonight's din).

I feel like I'm cheating calling this a recipe, since it's nothing but apples, a splash of water, and cinnamon.

So I'll give you this rough outline, and then say this: Make some immediately.

For another twist on the pork & apple theme, check out the Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Apple Salsa recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago at the Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine blog.

Homemade Applesauce
Makes several cups

About 20 apples (I picked up two bags at the farmers market, one of Cortlands, one of Honey Crisps)
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
Sugar (maybe, but you likely won't need it)

Peel, core, and slice apples, tossing them into a stock pot or Dutch oven as you go.  When all the apples are sliced, add water and cinnamon to pan and cover.  Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally, recovering, until apples break down into a thick sauce, about 20 minutes.  Taste applesauce and add 1-2 Tbsp. of sugar if needed (I didn't need to add sugar, but it does depend on 1) how sweet you like your applesauce, and 2) how sweet the apples are that you're using).  When the apples are dissolved, simmer over low heat, half-covered, until sauce is quite thick, about 20-30 minutes.  Serve warm or cool.  Store remaining applesauce in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 4 years
Ooh thank you Lindb09 for the awesome note. I love that you canned 5 jars & will be enjoying all winter long. Lovely thought.
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 4 years
Love all the tweaks you made Maybeth!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Cindi, I'm so happy to hear that it was delish, thank you for the kind note. Makes me realize I need to make another batch, my son loves some warm for breakfast, especially on a cold day.
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Well I'm so glad for the comments, I'm glad you checked back :) I clarified low heat and giving a few more stirs in the recipe given your feedback, I really appreciate it. I'm sure leaving the skins on is just fine; as you noted, probably a thinner pot combined with too high of heat. Also, using a really large pot - which would allow more steam to evaporate - could contribute too (although I don't know the size of your pot, just a thought). I hope you get a chance to try again!
drinkwaterkitchen drinkwaterkitchen 5 years
Hi, Stephanie - I just read your other comment as well. It definitely wasn't your fault! Your recipe obviously works and I am a brand new cook. :) I think maybe I just had it on too high of heat. I was using a thinner pot than I am used to as well. Oh, and I left the skins on like I read in another recipe because I thought that would be a fun texture to leave in there. Those all could have played a part? Anyway, I am definitely going to continue to follow your lovely blog and I hope to try this recipe again one day. :) Thank you!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
I read your post (and left a note) - terrible that it burned and you didn't get to enjoy all of your lovely apples! Let me know what happened and I'll make adjustments to the recipe. Boooo. (But thanks for letting me know!)
drinkwaterkitchen drinkwaterkitchen 5 years
I suppose since I commented earlier, I need to send you the follow-up story. Pretty funny...http://drinkwaterkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/10/visit-to-orchard.html
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
@jelibeann - How great is that? I'm honored, thank you :) And I hope you love the applesauce (which you will, it's just apples & cinnamon, yum!).
jelibeann jelibeann 5 years
thanks for posting...i just went apple-picking today and was hoping to make applesauce for the first time also, i just realized i have emailed myself several of your recipes in the past, without noting they were posted by the same person...i'm now following your blog - looking forward to future posts!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
@Lillian: Indeed! @Maris: It was a blast to meet you. You're so funny and smart, a breath of fresh air, I loved it. Thank you for checking in - I love In Good Taste, so ditto, big time!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Heavenly Housewife - one of the best names EVER, your blog is fabulous - thank you for the nice note!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Hi Mary! It really is that easy, you'll be pleased. I hope you enjoy!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
@lana: I hope you enjoy! @suz: I wonder if he'd like...if he'll eat apple pie, he might? I know he's not big on the fruit desserts... I'm curious to know! He's such a little foodie, can't wait to see what he's eating 10 yrs from now :) @spectra: I almost went with the skin-on version, but didn't want to deal with any processing afterward, so I wimped out. Love the idea though - next batch! @nutella: Aw, what a nice gift for someone, how sweet. I hope you feel better! Honey & apples are delicious together, that sounds lovely.
nutella2683 nutella2683 5 years
I'm sick with a cold and my boyfriend's sister made me some yesterday. She used honey as a sweetener which she liked better than her previous attempt using sugar. I have a whole jar I can't wait to devour!! I wasn't on the blog yesterday but searched "homemade applesauce" and low and behold this recipe went up yesterday as well! Can't wait to try making it myself.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I make applesauce every year when I get apples. I don't put a lot of sugar in it and I leave the skins on before I mill it up so it's pink. My husband hates jarred applesauce, but he LOVES the homemade kind.
metalmommy metalmommy 5 years
You know, I should try this on Scout. He hates applesauce. I LOVE the homemade kind, yum yum!
LanaVienna LanaVienna 5 years
Definitely will try.
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