You won’t believe how easy this recipe is. Three ingredients, little effort, big flavor. Usually applesauce is an afterthought: “Oh, I need to have more for dinner, let’s crack open this jar of applesauce!” …usually. Well, let me tell you that this homemade applesauce is intentional. It’s so good you’ll want to eat all of it right off the stove. The best part is that it’s sweet, but not sugary, and tastes great warm and cold. You can use this as a side (but cook some tender pork for it), as a topping to your potato pancakes, and as a little dessert (my clients inspired me to do this last night!).
- 5 tart to medium tart apples, I used Granny Smiths
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Grab a heavy bottomed pot
- Peel and cut up the apples – really however you like. You can even leave the skin on!
- Add apples and 1 cup of water to the pot, turn on medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes or as soon as the initial water is evaporated/incorporated into the applesauce, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Feel free to omit the cinnamon and add whatever spice you’re feeling!
- Add another 1/2 cup of water and repeat the simmer.
- After about an hour check to see if the apples are soft to your liking, if so, then you are done! If not, continue to cook, adding in water as needed until the apples are soft. In total I used 2 cups of water.
- Serve hot or cold.
I love this applesauce – it’s simple, relatively quick to prepare (minus cook time) and tasty. Don’t forget though, the apples will cook down so eating 1 apple in applesauce is easy to do! I always eat this applesauce warm. Enjoy!