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Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | November 30th, 2015 | Recipes, Side Dishes
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homemade applesauceApplesauce that comes in a jar has never been exciting for me. It can be pretty flavorless or overly sweet. When my son was little, however, it was the easiest way to get him to eat fruit. So, I would buy the all-natural applesauce, and he would gladly eat it with lunch or as a snack. What I didn’t consider was that applesauce could be better.

All it took to remedy that was to take a trip to the apple orchard with my then preschool-aged son. When you come home on a crisp fall day with a bagful of apples, what are you to do but cook? Then and there I developed an affinity for homemade applesauce. What makes it so much better? Let me count the ways:

  • It is served warm! There’s nothing like a just from the stove bowl of applesauce to get rid of a chill.
  • You can control the sweetness. Apples are naturally sweet; the sauce needs only a sprinkle of sugar.
  • You can season it with cinnamon to your liking.
  • There’s more texture to it. A little bit of chunkiness in my applesauce is preferred.

If, like me, you don’t enjoy packaged applesauce, you need to give this recipe a try. If you’ll be making latkes in the near future, this would be the perfect accompaniment.

Homemade Applesauce

Yields 3
A warm & delicious snack or side dish


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
40 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
40 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. apples (approx. 4 large)
  2. 1 Tb. lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 2 Tb. sugar
  5. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  2. Combine apples, lemon juice, and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Mash apples with a potato masher.
  5. Add sugar, stirring to combine. Heat for another 5 minutes.
  6. Season with cinnamon as desired.
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