by Rachel on April 15, 2010

Simple, pure, unadulterated.

Part of me is embarrassed to post a recipe for applesauce.  People just buy it in the store, right?  No one makes their own, just like we’ve all lost the art of home canned peaches, or home made jam.  Isn’t applesauce in the same category?  Not really. It’s much easier to make than canned peaches, and truth be told it’s got a pretty high return for ten minutes of work.  Home made applesauce is sublime and bears almost no resemblance to that stuff they call applesauce and sell in the stores.  It’s such a treat.  Try it with yogurt for breakfast, or over ice cream with some cinnamon for dessert.  I add my applesauce to spice muffins (recipe coming soon to this blog) and the muffins just aren’t the same with store bought stuff.

Applesauce (4 cups or so)

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ inch water
  • 8 Granny Smith apples
  • juice of 2 lemons

Peel, core and slice apples into 8 pieces.  Put apples, sugar, water and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat until the apples are soft.  Some people like applesauce chunkier than others.  The longer you cook it the less chunky it will be.  Use your best judgment about when to stop.  This isn’t rocket science.  Don’t eat all of the applesauce plain.  Save some to make applesauce muffins.  I’ll post the recipe soon.

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Amanda Formaro April 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

This looks wonderful :) i wanted to stop by because I discovered your blog on Babble in the top mom food bloggers. I hadn’t heard of your blog before and am glad that we are in this friendly competition together! Hopefully it will bring us both some new visitors :) Your blog is lovely and your photos are gorgeous!

Amanda Formaro April 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

I’ve also added you to my blog roll so I can keep up with your posts :)

lindentea April 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Your apple sauce looks great! I make apple sauce every year and while I use store bought in recipes, I only eat the home made stuff. :) Looking forward to the muffin recipe!

Rachel April 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Lindentea: In two days I’m going to post a recipe for oatmeal pancakes made with applesauce! Look for that too!

Lisa April 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I made a slow cooker version last fall that was spectacular: dark and full of fresh apple chunks. So much better than store-bought! Two thumbs up for homemade. Woo Hoo!!


Raina April 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Hi. Saw your blog on babble. Love your applesauce…nothing like homemade applesauce. My mother-in-law used to make it for my kids when they were small. Definitely have to try yours. I like the lemons in it…sounds yummy!

Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen April 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I saw you on Babble – my blog is there too, but far down the list from yours! I just did a post on applesauce today too, how funny! Yours looks delicious, and your photos are lovely.

Penny April 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

I make homemade applesauce every year! It freezes well, so we have it throughout the year. I also enjoy experimenting with different types of apples, as well as with spices. Some apples cook down better for a mush, and some hold their shapes better for chunks. A dash of cinnamon and/or cloves is divine! April 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Hello, I discovered your site via as well. I cook Apple Sauce a lot, at least twice a month. It’s so much better than the canned/jar version and as you said, you can play with additional fruits (quinces or rhubarb are favorites of mine) or spices (vanilla, star anise, etc.). My grand-mother (who used to make A LOT of apple sauce with her homegrown apples) used to say “you don’t have to be hungry to eat applesauce”. She was right!

Rachel April 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Thanks to all for the suggestions about other applesauce recipes. I promise to try some of them!!

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