In our household, homemade applesauce is a staple throughout the fall. My kids have eaten it in, on, or with practically everything, from pork to baked goods to oatmeal. After trying the real stuff, all three of my kids never wanted to go back to store-bought. Thankfully, applesauce is incredibly easy to make, and very forgiving. I’ve used all kinds of apples (aside from Red Delicious, which are bland when cooked), all kinds of sugar, and all kinds of “apple pie” spices, depending on what I have on hand. It’s all good.
6 to 8 large apples (A mix of sweet and tart is typically used.)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon (and/or a pinch of allspice, mace, or nutmeg)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar (optional)
- Peel and core the apples. Cut apples into quarters. Cut each quarter into 1/4-inch slices. Put into a large pot along with sugar, cinnamon, water, and cider vinegar (if using).
- Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very tender and easily mashed with a spoon (about 20 minutes).
- Remove from the heat. Using a masher or immersion blender, mash the apples. Add more sugar, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.