We’ve been waiting all year for apple picking season and it’s finally here. But what do you do with your wagonful of fresh apples? You know what they say: when life gives you apples…make applesauce. I am an applesauce fanatic, and sometime during my senior year of high school I figured out that there was a better way to get my fix than from the store. Thus, through Internet research and a little experimentation, my homemade applesauce recipe was born. If you make a large batch and store it in the refrigerator it will last you all fall.
- A bunch of apples
- 1 cup apple juice, apple cider, or water (I like to taste my apples beforehand and choose my liquid based on their natural sweetness)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
- Peel, core and slice as many apples as you can, and toss them into a large pot.
- Pour the liquid you’re using over your apples. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing until apples are evenly coated.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, taste your applesauce. You can add more sugar and cinnamon for added sweetness. If it’s too sweet, stir in lemon juice until it suits your taste.
The sauce will be chunkier than store-bought applesauce—which I love—but if you don’t, continue to cook until you’re satisfied with the texture. If you’re impatient like me, you can pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.