Homemade applesauce tastes so much better than store bought! When you make it homemade, you get to control what the ingredients are and perfect the taste. I love making this applesauce in the fall when apples are cheap and in season. I use granny smith apples because I like my applesauce on the tart side.
First, peel and chop up the apples. Add them to a pot with a little water and simmer them until soft.
Mash them with a potato masher and then add cinnamon and optional brown sugar for a sweeter applesauce. Taste it to make sure you love it! I love mine with a full heaping teaspoon of cinnamon.
My favorite way to enjoy this applesauce is while it is still hot!
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- 10 large apples
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Optional: 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Peel and core the apples. Slice each apple into four equal chunks.
- Add apple chunks and water to a large pot/dutch oven. Simmer on low for one hour.
- Leaving the apples in the pot, turn off the heat and mash them with a potato masher. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, stir and then taste it. If you think it needs more cinnamon, add it. If you want the applesauce on the sweeter side, add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
- Let the apple sauce cool down and then spoon it into a Mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.