Homemade Applesauce

Warm applesauce, fresh from the pan is one of my favorite fall childhood memories.  Every apple season, my grandmotherly babysitter, Ms. Betty, would whip up a huge batch of applesauce to store for the winter.  On almost every autumn visit and on into the brisk winter, Ms. Betty would heat up a bowl of that golden applesauce, topping it with a special sprinkle of extra cinnamon, for both my brother and I’s little stomachs.

What else is a traditional, old-time cook going to feed two unconventionally vegan kids?  Vegan or not, smooth applesauce almost always gets kid-approval.  I certainly didn’t care how many times in a row I was served the naturally sweet treat.  It never got old to me.

A childhood pleasure and still a favorite today, I continue to enjoy applesauce straight from the pan, this time filling my own kitchen with the sweet smell of cinnamon and apples.  Nothing beats that on a cool fall day, especially when the apples also come from a basket you filled straight from the tree.

Homemade Applesauce

(Serves 4)

-3 apples, peeled and chopped
-1/2 cup of water or apple juice, plus more depending on juiciness of the apple variety
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-2 tsp. honey or brown sugar, optional

Heat medium-large saucepan over medium heat.  Add water, apples, and cinnamon.  Cook until water is reduced and apples are soft, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.  (Add in extra water by the tablespoon if water begins to evaporate too quickly, and apples don’t release enough juice.)  Remove from heat and stir in sweetener, if desired.  Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor, blending until desired consistency is achieved.  Serve hot or cold.

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    Simply Life
    October 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve never made my own applesauce but you make this look sooo good that I might have to change that!

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    The Candid RD
    October 24, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I love homemade applesauce. It’s so much better than store-bought! My grandma used to make applesauce and therefore I’ve never been able to stand the store kind. I guess I’ve always been spoiled when it comes to applesauce!

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    October 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Sounds awesome and I would love to do some homemade. I love granny smith apple sauces, so I wonder if I could do that. I buy that kind at the store. Actually any apples right now sound good.

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    October 25, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Homemade applesauce is the best!

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    September 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Applesauce the best. I replace applesauce for eggs in baking moist cakes or cup cakes..

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