Applesauce |

This easy and delicious applesauce is a by-product of making my homemade apple cider recipe.  Bonus, ’cause you get two recipes for one basically! If you want to make applesauce without the cider just peel the apples and add one cup of water and cook until apples are tender (~25 minutes).  The process of making cider leaves the peel on and after it’s been cooked 3 hours for cider, the peel is relatively soft and can be food processed and you won’t even know the difference.  Slather this on a piece of buttery toast and add a little salt, add to smoothies or oatmeal, eat plain, or use as a condiment for meat.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Cups
  • Category: Side Dish / Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 5 large (~ 2 1/2 pounds) apples, cored & cut in 6-8 slices
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (~ 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • water


  • Core and slice the apples (leave peel on if you’re also making my cider recipe) and place in large pot and cover with water by 3 inches.  Bring to a boil (covered) and add sugar, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkin pie spice.  Uncover and cook 1 hour (this gives it time to reduce a bit).  Cover and cook an additional 2 hours.  If you are not making cider, simply add 1 cup of water to the ingredients and cook (stirring occassionally) for ~30 minutes or until apples are soft.
  • Strain solids with a fine mesh strainer and remove cinnamon sticks  (if you’re making cider than save the liquids and drink!).
  • Puree with a potato masher, blender, or food processor (careful – it’s hot!).  Happy eatin’!  Beckie


TIPS: Applesauce too thick?  Add a little water to thin it out.

Things In My Kitchen:

  • Apple Corer – This definitely comes in handy when you’re dealing with a lot of apples.
  • Fine Mesh Strainer – set of three, affordable, stackable.
  • Blender – This blender is a workhouse, more expensive than a regular household, but also tons cheaper than a vitamix.

For more kitchen items I love/use: please visit my shop page.

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Keywords: Applesauce, Apples, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Condiments

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