I love apple season and what better use for all those apples but applesauce? It’s great by itself, with meat, poultry, over ice cream , yogurt or pancakes, in muffins, any time you feel like applesauce. Easy shopping list, most ingredients you probably have in the house. If you’d like you can add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice. A little butter or maple syrup is also a good thought. I used a little bit of maple syrup ( maybe 1/4 cup) . Play around with flavors. Quick prep time , very easy to make, 3 lbs. will probably serve around 6 – 8 people. Cook Time is about 1/2 hour.
This is the obvious more fattening way to go, I also wrote up a more diet conscious recipe for those looking to cut calories and it’s on this page as well. It is obviously more tart than the sweet one, you can add a little sugar-free maple syrup if you’d like.
Your kitchen will smell glorious. Enjoy!
Lemon, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Allspice, Butter, Nutmeg.
Apples, Apple Juice or Apple Cider
3 lbs. apples , peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices (any kind you have) I had Macintosh in the house and just used them
1/2 cup Apple Juice or Apple Cider
Juice of 1 Lemon, a small regular lemon is fine
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, more or less to taste
*1/4 cup of pure maple syrup, you can use sugar-free maple syrup
*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/2 teaspoon Allspice
Combine all ingredients in a large enough pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes, till apples break down. Now I like a chunky applesauce and it broke down so beautifully in 1/2 hour, I just mashed with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon. If you’d like it smooth and not chunky puree it in food processor. It really broke down so beautifully a few mashes with a masher and it was perfect for a chunkier like consistency.
Store in the fridge. Will keep for a week or two. Joel ate it all the next day so that was the end of that.
Diet Version of Homemade Applesauce:
12 medium apples, peeled cored and sliced (use whatever kind you have on hand)
2 sticks cinnamon if no cinnamon sticks , sprinkle ground cinnamon over apples.
Place apples and cinnamon in a large Pyrex type dish with a lid or cover with aluminum foil.
Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours
Allow to cool slightly and remove cinnamon sticks.
Crush apples with a potato masher until sauce is consistency that you like .
Serve with Latkes.