Chilly rainy days are the perfect time to cook in the warmth of the kitchen. One of my favorite cold-weather treats is warm homemade applesauce. Just thinking about the sweet apples and aroma of cinnamon filling the house makes me hungry!
Homemade applesauce is much easier than I used to think it was. It really only takes about 30 minutes (including all the apple peeling, coring, chopping), and is totally worth the time and effort. Have a bag of apples in the fridge? Get to cooking and enjoy some truly homemade warming goodness!
Super Easy Homemade Applesauce
- 8-10 Gala apples (or other suitable cooking apples), cored, peeled, and quartered
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- juice of one lemon (or 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice)
- dash of salt
- Optional: 1/4 cup brown sugar
1. Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.
2. Take off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick (if you used one). For chunky applesauce, use a potato masher. For smooth applesauce, let cool and pulse in a food processor until it reaches the desired consistency.
3. Serve warm or chilled.
- The finished applesauce freezes well. Keep in a covered plastic container or zip-top freezer bag for several months.
- To cook in a crock pot, place all ingredients in the crock pot, cover, and cook on low 8-10 hour or on high 3-4 hours.
- Don’t throw away all those apple peels! The peel is the most nutritious part of the fruit. Try laying them out in a single layer on a baking sheet, sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar (or leave plain), and bake in a 200F oven for 30-60 minutes or until they are crisp (totally depends on how many peels you have and how thick or thin they are).
- If you are really adventurous, take the peels AND the cores and try this apple jelly recipe.