Friday, January 14, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

This may be one of those things that absolutely everyone has already made, or has a "recipe" for, but I had never made my own applesauce until this last fall. And in case you're like me, and have never tried your own, I'm going to share my "recipe" and strongly encourage you to give it a try!
(I keep using recipe in quotations because it's hardly a recipe, and more just a process.)

You'll need:
-apples (I prefer honeycrisp, but any similar apple is fine, ie- gala, jonagold, fiji, etc)
-a little water
-cinnamon, if you like
-salt
-maple syrup (or sugar)
(for all of the above ingredients, amount used will vary depending on how much applesauce you're making, if you like cinnamon, how sweet you want it, etc)

I used 5 largeish apples, and cut them into small chunks. I leave my apples unpeeled. If you prefer, peel 'em. I put about a 1/4 cup water in a medium sized pot and added the apples, with heat on medium. (many recipes call for more water, but your apples will produce a lot of water as they cook down. I guess if you want juicier applesauce, use more water.)
Sprinkle with cinnamon, if you want. I used about 1/2 a teaspoon. You can use more or less, depending on your preference. Sprinkle with salt, about 1/2 a teaspoon. Drizzle with maple sugar, anywhere from 3-6+ tablespoons. If you like sweeter applesauce, use more. Also, the more cinnamon you use, the more maple sypu I'd recommend, because the cinnamon without sweetness is overly spicy on the apples. And we're talking real maple syrup, NOT the pancake stuff.
Stir your apples to evenly distribute the cinnamon, salt and maple syrup. Cover with a lid, and cook on medium for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. When you can tell your apples are getting soft, remove from heat and it's time to mash. 
I use a potato masher because I like my apple sauce chunky. 

If you want less chunks, I'd recommend using a food processer or immersion blender to get a finer puree. 
Eat it warm, if you're into that, and then store in the fridge. So delicous!

Seriously, if you've never made your own applesauce, try it! It's so much better than Motts! 
(and the recipe without all my commentary)
-apples
-water
-cinnamon
-salt
-maple syrup
Cut apples into chunks. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized pot. Cook on medium for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft. Mash or blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. I made my own for the first time this fall. About 17 batches I think because Kolbe was going through a huge applesauce phase then, plus I had tons of apples from the orchard to use. But anyways, yes, the store-bought stuff has NOTHING on good 'ole homemade. You can you use your crockpot as well to simplify even more.

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  2. LOVE homemade applesauce!! One thing we LOVE to add to it is cloves. First off, it smells like some delicious Yankee Candle, and secondly, it tastes like all the warmth, love, and magic of a beautiful fall sunset! (Or maybe that's just my opinion!) :-) Maybe next year we could have a playdate and you and Isabelle could come down and pick apples at the orchard here. They're delicious!!

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  3. I have made my own and I always wish I had peeled them after I eat the finished product. It's just too bad that peeling apples is a huge pain in the butt :)

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  4. @ Michelle, I would LOVE to join you on an apple picking trip! I've never picked any fruit but really really want to!

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