In keeping up with my apple theme this month, if you missed it I got 29 pounds of apples over Labor Day weekend, I thought I would share my homemade applesauce recipe. I usually make a couple batches of this in the few weeks following apple picking. I think this is such a treat and so much better than what you can find in the store. It is also super simple!
I am not going to give any measurements for this recipe because you can totally use as many apples as you want! Here I am using a 6 quart stock pot and I filled it about 3/4 of the way full with apples. So to start you want to peel, core, and slice your apples. I love the ease of my apple peeler, corer, slicer from Pampered Chef!
Cut the apples in half and start piling them up in your stock pot until you have as many as you want. Remember they do cook down a lot.
Fill up your water until it is almost to the top of the apples and bring to a boil. Once they are boiling turn down your heat so they don’t overflow but keep them at a boil.
Then I just continue to stir them every so often and watch them cook down…
…..and down until they look about like this. If your apples run out of water and they still need more cooking time just add in some more and keep cooking until they are done. For me they cook for about 2 hours before they look like this. I like them to be basically mushing apart and totally soft because I choose not to blend them up. When I make homemade applesauce I like it to be more of a chunky style. You can at this point use an immersion blender if you want, or let them cool a little and put them in the blender if you like your applesauce blended up.
I only add in honey and cinnamon to my applesauce but you can add in some additional white sugar if you like it sweeter. I don’t measure my honey and cinnamon. I just pour some in, mix it up, and taste it to see if I need more!
After mixing in the honey and cinnamon, and it is all to your liking, pour in a dish or container for storing.
Make this a dessert served over vanilla ice cream if you like that sort of thing. 😉
Has anyone else enjoyed some apple picking this month? You definitely want to make up some applesauce this fall!
Here is your printable recipe!
- Desired amount of apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- honey to taste
- cinnamon to taste
- white sugar (optional)
- Peel, core, and slice your apples. I use the apple peeler, corer, & slicer from Pampered Chef.
- Cut them in half and start piling them up in a large stock pot. Fill the pot as full as you want. Remember the apples do cook down a lot.
- Add enough water to your stock pot until it is almost to the top of your apples.
- Bring them to a boil and then turn down the heat enough so they don't overflow but they are still boiling. Make sure you stir them often.
- Continue to cook the apples down for about 2 hours and they are basically mushing apart and very soft. I prefer to leave my apples more of a chunky style but at this point you can use an immersion blender if you want, or let them cool a little and put them in the blender if you like your applesauce blended up.
- Add in your desired amount of honey and cinnamon and stir it up. If you like your applesauce sweeter then add in some white sugar.
- Pour into a dish or container for storing.