Homemade Apple Sauce
If you love applesauce, you've come to the right place! This recipe will teach how to make applesauce from the comfort of your own kitchen, just in time for the holidays! There's nothing better than fresh, homemade applesauce to really welcome the fall in your home and onto your plate. The best part about making it yourself is being able to control all the variables from the variety of spices used, to the consistency, to the flavor. If you're looking for just the right Thanksgiving side dish to add to your menu, then this recipe is it!
Pro tip: Do you like your applesauce more tart than sugary? Try modifying this recipe by using mainly Granny Smith apples and only 1/8 cup brown sugar. Enjoy!
Preparation Time20 min
Cooking Time30 min
- 6 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices per apple
- 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
- 2 strips of lemon peel
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 Star Anise
- Note: Use a combination of Granny Smith, Fuji and Gala apples for a sweet and tart applesauce.
For more ways to eat all the delicious apples, try these 12 Homemade Apple Pie Recipes
In a large pot combine the apples, apple juice or cider, lemon peel, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and Star Anise. Mix together the ingredients.
Cook over medium heat for 25-30 minutes until apples have broken down, stirring a few times during cooking.
Remove the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and the Star Anise.
Working in batches puree the apple mixture in a food processor until smooth.
And for the true apple fanatic in your life, try Our 10 Best Apple Dessert Recipes + Recipes for Apple Bread and More!