When we lived in upstate New York for six years picking apples became a fall tradition for our family. Eating apple cider donuts, pulling a wagon out into the orchard, and finding the perfect apples are treasures we pursue every year.
With baskets filled with apples, we look forward to the delicious treats made with the sweet fruit. Homemade applesauce is one of our favorite recipes.
I did not put any amounts in the recipe because it can be adjusted very easily. I love cooking homemade applesauce with my children, and they are always proud of the amazing taste. This applesauce makes a great side dish, dessert or after school snack.
- Apples (a few different types makes the best applesauce)
- sugar, to taste (can be omitted or use brown sugar for a darker applesauce)
- cinnamon, if desired
- Peel, core and thickly chop apples.
- Place in saucepan with enough water to cover bottom of pan.
- Cover and bring to boil over medium heat.
- As apples soften mash apples creating a thick sauce. Add a little more water if sauce is too thick. If too thin, cook without cover for a few minutes.
- When sauce is perfect consistency, add sugar and cinnamon, if desired.
- Can leave chunky, or process in a blender.
- Pour applesauce in bowl to cool.
The applesauce will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container up to 7 days. It can be frozen in freezer bags and thawed when needed. It tastes just as delicious as the first day.
Copyright © words and photgraph by Jane Carole Stein