If you need comfort, you want this Homemade Applesauce recipe. It’s definitely the best kind of comfort food. But you might also want to use it as a side dish, a topping for pork chops, as baby food, or even for a gift to give to friends. Making this is really easy and is somewhat of a fall tradition in our house. My kids always get so many apples when we go apple-picking, I have to think of things to do with all the apples they bring home!
The longest part of this recipe is preparing the apples. Sometimes I get lazy and leave the skins on when I make the applesauce and it tastes great. However, many times I’ll go to the trouble of peeling every single one. It really helps to have a clamp peeler that will make the whole thing faster if you plan to use a lot of apples.
When this is simmering on the stove your house will smell like heaven. I swear, there is almost nothing I love more. I always make our applesauce with spices so it smells extra incredible. If you want plain applesauce that’s fine, too.
I hope you enjoy this homemade applesauce as much as we do. Once it’s prepared you can serve it immediately, scoop it into jam jars to give away, or just keep it in the fridge. I always like to have some on hand in case a baby comes over that we know, they love to snack on it.
Get your kids involved with make homemade applesauce this fall. It’s a wonderful family activity. We love doing it together. The kids are so proud of the product they make and I love to see them helping out in the kitchen. Be sure to serve it the way I like to – with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
Is there anything more comforting than applesauce? This is a simple and delicious recipe that's perfect as a side dish or for dessert. I love to serve it with a little cinnamon on top.
6-8 medium-sized apples (such as Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (for flavor and to prevent browning)
Instructions:1. Wash, peel, and core the apples. Cut them into chunks or slices. Removing the peels is optional; it depends on your preference.
2. In a large saucepan, add the apple chunks, water, sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg (if using). Squeeze the lemon juice over the apples to add a touch of brightness and prevent browning.
3. Cover the saucepan and place it over medium heat. Allow the apples to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until they become soft and tender. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
4. Once the apples are soft, use a potato masher or the back of a fork to mash them to your desired level of smoothness. If you prefer a chunky applesauce, leave some small pieces intact.
5. Taste the applesauce and adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar if needed. Keep in mind that the sweetness can vary depending on the type of apples you use. Allow the applesauce to cool before serving. You can serve it warm or cold, depending on your preference.
7. If you have leftover applesauce, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Homemade applesauce can be refrigerated for up to one week. You can also freeze it for longer storage.
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