Homemade Applesauce

There is no better comfort food on a crisp fall day then homemade applesauce. Add a dollop of ice cream to make a delicious healthy dessert. Or have it as a snack any time of day. Homemade apple sauce in a pretty ball jar makes a great gift.

You won’t believe how easy applesauce is to make. All you need are apples, honey, and cinnamon.

Start with the freshest apples you can find. Go apple picking or shop at your local farmers market. Look for fruit that has rich color and is firm to the touch. Bruises are okay, but the apple itself should be firm. You can use as many apples as you like. For 6 – 8 servings you’ll need 8 – 10 medium-sized apples.





Step One: Peel and Prep

Peel the apples and cut them into chunks. The peel adds a slightly bitter taste, and an unpleasant texture, so be sure to remove it.





Step Two: Simmer and Add Honey and Cinnamon

In a large saucepan, add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. A few tablespoons should do it. Add apple chunks and heat on high until you hear the water start to boil. Turn down the burner to simmer and cook until the apples become soft–about 8 minutes.

While the apples are simmering, add honey and stir it into the mixture. Taste the sauce, and add more honey until you’ve achieved a level of sweetness that suits you. I use about 1/4 cup for a batch 8 apples. Be sure to use honey, not sugar. Honey brings out the natural flavor of the apples.

Add approximately 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Add it slowly and taste as you go, adding more or less according to your taste. Optionally, you can add an additional quarter teaspoon of cloves or nutmeg and a pinch of kosher salt.





Step Three: Transform into Sauce

Use a potato masher to mash the softened apples. I like chunky sauce, so a few minutes with the masher is all it takes. If you prefer a smoother texture, put your chunky sauce in the blender for a few seconds.

Serve warm, with a dollop of ice cream or yogurt. Enjoy!

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