This healthy and delicious homemade applesauce is a favorite Fall recipe, that is easy to make and only need a few basic ingredients. You can make it sweetened or unsweetened depending on your taste buds.
We had been using store bought applesauce for the longest and had no idea that homemade version is so much better, that we will forget that we ever used store bought applesauce.
The best part of making it at home is you can make it sweetened, unsweetened, less sweetened. If you like the tart flavor, you can leave out the sweeteners. As for sweeteners, I have used brown sugar in this one, but you can also use honey or maple syrup.
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You can also make it smooth or keep a bit chunky. Basically, it’s all up to you how you want it. You can even change up the flavor next time you make it.
Very first time I made this applesauce, I kept thinking to myself, why I didn’t make this earlier. I have always used store bought applesauce in my recipes, that was until I made this version. It is so delicious, simple to make and take only few minutes to make.
You will feel a little delicious tartness with Granny Smith. Gala and Fuji are on the sweeter side. As to which apples to pick – always pick the one that’s more ripe, and you think you won’t end up eating.
After all you can’t really tell the ripeness of the apple once it’s cooked.
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The process of making applesauce – Simply start by peeling the skin and cutting out the cores the apples. My vegetable peeler comes in handy when peeling the skin. To cut out the core, I use the apple corer.
Cutting the apple is another important step in determining how long it will take to cook this applesauce. If you cut larger thicker pieces, they will take slightly longer, whereas think little pieces will take less time.
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If you like small apple pieces in your applesauce, you can leave them as is. I mash them a little with my potato masher, and make the mushy version.
Some of the recipes that I made using store bought applesauce, I made again with this fresh homemade applesauce. Oh what a difference. These banana carrot muffins tasted totally different in a good way.
What kind of apples can I use to make this homemade applesauce?
We love going apple picking and love to bring mix of varieties of apple. So far, we have used the the mix of these varieties: Fuji, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala apples every different time and the applesauce comes out delicious every time.
Can I freeze the applesauce?
Yes, you can definitely freeze the applesauce. You have to wait until the applesauce is completely cooled down. Once cool, store them in the ziplock bag and freeze in the freezer. It can be stored for up to a month or a half. Once thawed, do not freeze again.
Basically, this applesauce is so much fun and easy to make. With only a few ingredients used to make this recipe, you can make it anytime. Not only that, you can use it as a part of so many other recipes. You can skip sugar altogether and make some healthy recipes.
This being a holiday season, this applesauce makes a great homemade gift idea. Simply pour into a festive mason jar, tag with and cut out a holiday printable, tie with bakers twine and you have a thoughtful gift for a loved one.
How to make ApplesauceCourse: SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
This healthy and delicious homemade applesauce is a favorite Fall recipe, that is easy to make and only need a few basic ingredients.
1/2 cup Water
1/8 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- In a saucepan, combine apples, water, white sugar and cinnamon.
- Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
- Once cooled down, mash with a potato masher or fork.
- Makes for perfect gift ideas in a mason jar or use to make delicious recipes!
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