This year has changed the way most of us live. From the way we shop, to the way we spend time at home and with others to the way we cook. Spending more time at home has meant finding “new” ways to spend my time and one of my new favorites is cooking. From baking to new recipes from old cookbooks to making foods from scratch that I’ve always bought premade. One of my favorites is applesauce and today I’m sharing with you my easy, homemade applesauce recipe.
I first tried this about a year ago after visiting my parents. My mom, who is crazy about all things fruit, served applesauce with our dinner and I couldn’t get over how good it was. When she shared with me that it was homemade and how easy it was, I had to try it for myself.
My first attempt left a little to be desired but like with many other things, practice makes perfect. I firmly believe the key is the apples themselves. For this recipe I used Cortland that I purchased from a local farm. Cortland is good for baking so if you can’t get cortland where you are, I suggest opting for whatever apples are recommended for things like pies and other baking.
The other note I want to make comes down to preference. B and I love that this applesauce has a little texture. By texture I mean, it has some larger chunks still in it but in a good way. If you prefer a smoother texture then I suggest using a submersion blender. Now let’s get to the recipe.
Easy homemade Applesauce
What you will need:
Apples (I make mine in small batches so i used 8-10 medium apples)
Hand masher (or immersion blender)
Large pot and spoon to stir
Step 1: Prepare your Apples
Begin by cleaning and peeling your apples. Then cut them into roughly bit size pieces, removing the core and placing the pieces into a stock pot.
Step 2: Add water and Sugar
Add water to your apples so that you can see the water but not enough to cover the apples completely. (The amount of water varies based on how many apples you are using so use your best judgement. It’s better to add not quite enough then to add too much.)
For the sugar, this is again based on preference. I added less than ¼ cup to my 8-10 apples because the apples themselves are on the sweeter side.
Step 3: Cook Until Tender
Cook apple mixture on medium heat until apples are tender and break apart easily. They should not be mushy but soft. About 15 – 20 minutes.
Step 4: Mash apples
Once the apples are the right consistency, begin mashing the apples until the apples and water are blended to desired consistency. (if your mixture appears too watery, remove small amounts of water as you go until desired consistency is reached.)
Step 5: Let Cool and Store
Let Applesauce cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Applesauce can be stored for up to a week.
This applesauce is so easy to make and oh, so delicious.
I’d love to know what you think about this recipe, if you’d tried it or something similar and if you love seeing easy, make-at-home recipes. Leave a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know.