If you’ve never made applesauce before you must try this recipe. Applesauce should be made out of just that, apples. Most products you find in the store have added sugar and water. The water content of apples is about 80% so adding more water is unnecessary and will only dilute the flavor.
Depending on the sweetness of the apples you may or may not want to add more sugar to the recipe. I prefer honey as a sweetener. It has a fresh, natural flavor and 1 to 2 tablespoons is all you need. My choice of apple is Granny Smith. These are slightly tart but cook down easily and make an amazingly tasty applesauce. Add a little lemon juice, cinnamon and salt and cook down for the best applesauce you will ever taste. Nothing in a jar can compare.
Applesauce - Pure and Simple
- 8-10 large granny smith apples peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 pinch nutmeg optional
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Peel apples and remove center core. Cut into 1-inch chunks and add to saucepan. This will look like a lot, but will cook down quite a bit.
- Add cinnamon, honey, lemon juice, nutmeg (if using) and salt.
- Simmer on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours stirring every 20 minutes or so to prevent sticking to bottom of pan.
- Mix with wire whisk to break up apple chunks. I like some chunks of apple in mine so I remove from the heat before completely smooth.
- Serve warm or put in refrigerator for later. Enjoy.