Thursday, September 17, 2009

"The Best" Applesauce


My favorite season's fast approaching. I love Autumn. Don't you just love the smell you get when the leaves are starting to fall and it rains? Mmmm... I can almost smell it :) Applesauce's one of my favorite fall recipes. I know you can make it any time of the year, but it tastes better with fresh, in-season apples. Last year our neighbors tree was packed with outstanding tasting apples. I used this recipe to make the best applesauce I'd ever eaten... along with delicious apple crisp (I will be sharing the recipe soon). Unfortunately, the apple tree did terrible this year (I think it was because our summer was much wetter and milder than normal). I only saw a few apples on the entire tree, so no picking apples for me this year. I was craving this applesauce and bought a bag at the grocery store... and you know what? The applesauce turned out as delicious as I remember! Everyone in my family (even Picky Pants) gets excited about eating this applesauce. It's definitely a "must try". Enjoy :)

Here's Sophie last night at the PTO meeting. It's a tradition for the Kindergartners to say the pledge at the first meeting. I think she may already be a little bit boy crazy!



"THE BEST" APPLESAUCE
4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar (I use Splenda)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon



In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher if you want chunky sauce, or put in the blender (I use my magic bullet) for a smooth sauce.

20 comments:

Chanda said...

I had no idea you cooked apples for applesauce.

Glad I stopped by from SITS! I'm always looking for a good recipe. My recipe book is very limited so I'm looking forward to adding some of yours to my list. Thanks!

SnoWhite said...

I love applesauce too -- just posted my recipe (which adds nutmeg) for Spiced Country Applesauce :) Yummy!

Willoughby said...

Great minds think alike, Heidi! I was just thinking of making some applesauce with my excess apples! Have you ever tried adding just a touch of maple syrup? It's wonderful!

Donna-FFW said...

Nothing says fall like this. Yum.. I love homemade applesauce. I make bunches each year.

Sandy said...

Homemade applesauce is the best! Thanks for a great recipe!

Michelle said...

I love homemade applesauce. Reminds me of my grandma!

Katy ~ said...

Yummmy homemade apple sauce. It's one of those recipes I never stop to think about and I should as we generally have apples here in the house. Can't tell you have many times I've tossed out apples that weren't good enough for dessert but would have been perfect for sauce! Thank you soooo much for this post! I'm going to go and make applesauce now.

teresa said...

mmm, i love homemade applesauce!

Stephanie said...

I loved when my mom would cook up a batch of chunky applesauce for my sisters and me. Sometimes, instead of cinnamon, she'd throw in a few of those red hot candies! :-) Gave the cinnamon flavor with a pretty pink color...we loved it! :-)
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Melody said...

I don't like chunky sauce, so this looks sooooo good to me. I plan on making this this fall. Thanks for the recipe!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've never thought to make my own applesauce before. This is so handy! thanks for sharing this.

Chicago Mom said...

I had no idea making applesauce was so easy. I am not sure how I thought it was made, but it wasn't like this - LOL!

Ingrid said...

Aw, she's a cutie! I hadn't thought to make homemade applesauce but then again my kiddos have never really asked for any.

Happy Friday!
~ingrid

Kristen said...

We go apple picking every fall - this looks a whole lot better than the applesauce recipe I made last year - I'll be bookmarking and making it!

I'm Anitra! said...

Can't get my kids to eat apple sauce! Great recipe, though. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

Rachel said...

Homemade applesauce always makes me think of my Grandma who I'm really close to! I definitely need to try making it...I know my kids (especially my daughter) would LOVE it! My goal, now that my son started preschool (and once I can get caught up with everything I've been slacking on for MONTHS), is to start making more "natural" snacks--I really can't stand thinking about all of the nasty preservatives that must go into all of these snacks that are targeted toward kids!

Somewhere In Between said...

What an easy recipe! This looks delish :) Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I'll have to do this for Cole's lunch.

Love the pic too cute!

anne said...

I am new to your site, stopping by from SITS and was wondering what kind of apples you used for this, I gotta make my kids will love it! I'm going to add you to my blogroll

www.anniebakes.blogspot.com

Kristen said...

Heidi, I made this today and you are right, it is simply the best applesauce! I'll be posting it with a link back to you soon. Thank you!