Last week, I tackled the apples I bought from a local orchard. One of the things I decided to try was home-made applesauce. I tasked Valiant with finding us "a good recipe to try". I am so glad I did, because Valiant picked a winner. I only wish I'd gotten more apples. This applesauce was so easy and so good. If you've ever thought of trying to make your own applesauce, I encourage you to give it a try...you won't regret it.
Easy Homemade Applesauce
3 pounds of apples (10-12 medium) (I had McIntosh and Honeycrisp)
1/2 cup sugar to taste; adjusting for sweetness of apples (I used 1/4 cup of sugar)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional) (I used it!)
Water as needed to adjust thickness.
1. Wash, peel, core and slice apples. (I didn't peel mine and I cut them in chunks/roughly quarters.)
2. Place prepared apples in sauce pan. Add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the saucepan and cook, partially covered, over medium to low heat for 15-20 minutes.
3. Add sugar. (Adjust the amount of sugar based on the type and sweetness of the apple variety being used.) Add cinnamon and vanilla.
4. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. If sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water.
5. 10-12 medium apples makes approximately 1 quart of sauce.
6. Since some apples cook up softer than others, the consistency of the sauce may vary. If a smoother textured sauce is desired, place cooked sauce in blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency is achieved.
I used more like 20 apples. The McIntosh apples were softer than the Honeycrisp and cooked more quickly. I ended up using the blender to get a nice sauce. Also, I didn't peel my apples, but the blender took care of the peels, too. I don't know how to can yet, so I put the sauce into bottles and froze all but one.