Thinking back to my childhood, I really can’t recall whether or not applesauce was one of my “must have” snacks. I’ll have to ask my mom that. But I do know that if applesauce tasted like this recipe I’m about to share, then I think the entire world would love the stuff. Not just for fall, but for all year round. When making this, though… your entire house will smell just like Fall. Cinnamon, apples… just can’t beat that smell. Right? Right. Since I’ve been craving apples this entire pregnancy so far, this applesauce put a serious smile on my face.
I made this last weekend while I had some friends over and I served it for dessert. They all loved it so much, I had no leftovers. What’s one to do?! Make more, that’s what! So I set about doing just that last week. Let me share this with you, because after you see how simple it is to make, and how delicious it is, I highly doubt you or your kids are going to want the overly processed store bought kind. In fact… this applesauce reminded me of apple pie filling. So if you’re feeling really crazy, smother a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this applesauce. Mmmm! I think I’ll try that soon!
I bought two 3 pound bags of Gala apples at Target + 3 honeycrisp apples. That’s a lot of apples! :)
Cut up all them apples. haha.
Put all the apple slices into a pretty pot. If you don’t have a pretty one, a normal one will do. ;) I love my pretty turquoise Le Creuset.
Once that’s done, cut 2 lemons in half and squeeze their juice all over the top of the apples.
Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 2 cinnamon sticks (not ground cinnamon) to the pot.
Now you’re ready for your house to start smelling like fall. :) Get that pot on your stovetop already! Simmer for 2-3 hours with the lid on your pot.
After the apples have been on the stove for about an hour or so, stir them a bit. Also, no, I did not take the skin off the apples. The skin has a ton of vitamins in it and good flavor. Leave them on.
Your apples will look like this when they’re done:
Now, scoop your “almost applesauce” into a food processor. And blend until completely smooth.
Then serve in a bowl or some ramekins and enjoy the fruits (literally) of your labor. :)
Told you it was easy to make. :)
- 6 pounds of apples
- 3 honeycrisp apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (add more if you want sweeter)
- juice of 2 lemons
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Cut all apples. Place in pot. Add lemon juice, brown sugar and 2 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for 2-3 hours with the lid on. Once apples are completely broken down, blend together in a *food processor until smooth. Can be served either warm or cold, but I honestly think warm is best.
*if you don’t have a food processor, I highly suggest you get one. It’s one of the most essential tools for the kitchen. I use mine at least twice a week. Target or Walmart have plenty to choose from. :)