Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

by beth on September 19, 2011

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I love Autumn apples.  Then again I love Autumn period.  As you may have noticed I tend to wax and wane in poetic excess at the change of any sea­son par­tic­u­larly when Fall rolls around. And as it turns out I love apples. I could wax and wane in poetic excess about apples too.  But I will spare you, for now. Sort of.

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Part of our tra­di­tions around wel­com­ing this time of year have come to include apple pick­ing.  I love freshly picked apples and the kids feel so proud of their har­vest.  Last week Mr. J went with his Scout pack (& I hope we all make it as a fam­ily once this sea­son too!) and he did not fail us on bring­ing home a great bounty of apples.  As a result of this bounty of apples we had to get to apple recipe makin’ time.  The kids got to wash­ing and help­ing Momma core, peel and cut time.  We set up an assem­bly line it was so much fun.  I loved being able to sit with the kids while we were peel­ing and have Mr. J tell us all about his apple adven­tures.  We also talked about Pinoc­chio, which is in our book rota­tion, and the lessons we are learn­ing from his journey.

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While we were get­ting our apples ready we decided on a few recipes to use our bounty on.  We were ready to redis­cover the joys of fresh apple spice bread!  Along with home­made apple­sauce.  Mak­ing apple­sauce is so sim­ple that I don’t know why it took me years of buy­ing it before I tried to make it.  It has now become a sta­ple of the Autumn sea­son here at our house.

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It is easy to dou­ble, triple, or quadru­ple the recipe below.  For exam­ple I had twice this made because  I made a big­ger batch to cook with, eat plain and add into oatmeal.

What You Need:

*6 Small Apples

1/2  Tea­spoon Cinnamon

1/4 Nut­meg (optional)

3/4 Cup of Water

**1/4 Cup of Sugar (you can use either gran­u­lated sugar or light brown)

Makes about 3–4 Cups of Applesauce

How To Put It All Together:

Peel, core and 1/4 your apples.  Toss them in a pot with all of the ingre­di­ents.  Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20 min­utes or until apples are soft. If need be cook a lit­tle longer.

Once your apples are soft enough to mash & mash them.  Mash ‘em real good.  I use a potato masher.  You could use a food proces­sor or blender too.  But a masher is easy and you get a lit­tle arm exer­cise in.

Then eat up!

And a few caveats may also apply to the above recipe.

*Kinds of apples may vary, good choices include (but are not lim­ited too): Red Deli­cious, McIn­tosh, Ida Red, Gala, Golden Deli­cious, North­ern Spy. I like to toss a mix when mak­ing a large batch up.  **If you are using sweeter apples you can leave out the sugar entirely if you want.

Good spices to add in addi­tion to really have a taste of Fall are cloves and gin­ger (1/8 tea­spoon each).  It really has a warm Autum­nal vibe to it when you do this.  And a table­spoon of lemon juice adds another depth of fla­vor if you have it on hand.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary Beth Elderton September 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Thank You! This sounds yummy and so easy.

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2 beth September 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

You will love it! Super easy peasy and delicious.

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3 Mark September 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

Apple sauce really is simple to make, and I really like it. It is also easy to experiment with. I like to combine pears and apples (http://foodconstrued.com/recipes/desserts/applesauce-with-cinnamon-whipped-cream/).

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4 beth September 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

Very simple, I wish I hadn’t spent years not making it. Once I started I couldn’t stop because it is just that good.

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5 A Mother's Thoughts September 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

So after seeing your recipe I decided to give it a try and what divine apple sauce. Thanks so much for posting your recipe!!

Lynn

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6 beth September 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I am so glad you liked it! We love it at our house :)

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