An easy tutorial on how to make homemade applesauce!
About a week ago, my husband had surgery on his gums – I know, it’s pretty gross to think about. He was on a soft-food diet for several days, had to be very careful about chewing, and had one very swollen cheek that I may have laughed at from time to time – but it was kinda endearing too, really!
I am not a naturally compassionate person, especially when it comes to sickness or recovery situations. I try to be a tough-it-out person when it comes to illness and so I kinda expect everyone else to grin and bear it too. As a result, sympathy doesn’t exactly leak out of me….sometimes the opposite (I know, I gotta work on this! It’s totally selfish). To combat this, I expressed my care this past week in the way most natural to me: cooking like crazy.
I made three different giant batches of soup that we enjoyed over the weekend and through the last week. I also made a sweet little batch of this cinnamon applesauce and, boy, this stuff is so tasty no matter how you’re feeling!
Applesauce in the store tends to have lots of different preservatives and ingredients that I like to avoid. When I can find a simple, fast way to replicate a typical store-bought item with fewer ingredients, it gets me pretty excited. And let me tell you, applesauce you find at the grocery store just has no comparison with freshly made, warm, perfectly spiced applesauce in your very own kitchen.
You will love this recipe because it is so very simple! First, pick your apples. There are some apples that just taste better cooked, so it is best to use one of those. I used Golden Delicious, but you could also try it with Granny Smith, Fuji, or McIntosh. Peel the apples, slice them, and throw them in a pot with a little lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add a little water to get the cooking going and cook on the stove for around 15 minutes. Then, you will simply blend them up and you’re ready to enjoy! See, super easy and so, so tasty! You can even sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top if you want it more spiced!
The texture is amazing too – as you can see in the photo up there!! Not watery, not tough, not chewy. Instead this applesauce is perfectly smooth and thick!
My favorite part of making this recipe is when the apple slices are just about done. They’re covered in scrumptious brown sugar and cinnamon and they’re soft and warm – just like an apple pie! I usually can’t help sneaking a slice or two out of the pot to munch on while the rest finishes cooking. You’re going to do the same when you smell that perfectly sweet aroma!
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: Around 2 cups of applesauce
6 large apples
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup water
- Peel the apples and cut into several slices per apple. Place in a large pot.
- Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes or until apple slices are soft. A fork should insert easily into a slice.
- Allow to cool slightly. Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add a Tablespoon or two of water if necessary to get it blended. Enjoy warm or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Notes: Be sure to use apples good for cooking, like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Fuji. Also, you can easily double or triple this recipe for a bigger batch!
If you try these, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!
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