This simple homemade applesauce gets rich, warm flavor from brown sugar and cinnamon, and it's ready to eat in under an hour!
- Serves: 10 persons
- 3pounds/1.36 kg apples
- ½cup/118 ml apple juice (or water)
- 2tablespoons/35 ml lemon juice (fresh)
- Optional: 1 stick cinnamon
- Optional: 2 tablespoons/35 ml honey (or 1 1/2 tablespoons/21 g sugar)
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Wash the apples and peel them unless you will be using a food mill. Core the apples and slice each one into 8 wedges.
Step 3Transfer them to a large saucepan with a lid, like a Dutch oven. Add the apple juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the apples and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Step 4Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer until the apples are very tender, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cook time will depend on the apple variety; note that apple slices that are not peeled and cored will take longer to cook.
Step 5Mash or purée the apples as desired using a potato masher, immersion blender, food processor, or food mill. Taste and adjust the sugar or lemon juice, if needed.