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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Recipe reprinted with permission from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)

There are many excellent brands of jarred applesauce but there is nothing quite as satisfying as freshly made applesauce from seasonal apples.  Perfect for all ages.  I like to make this fruit sauce with Italian plums or pears in the fall.

2 cups sliced apples

1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
1 stick cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar

Place cut up fruit (yep it's ok to leave the peel on if the apples are organic), juice, cinnamon, and salt in a pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered until fruit is tender and the liquid has cooked off (about 15 minutes).  
You can also make this in a pressure cooker.  Follow the directions above but after the cooker comes up to pressure, set the timer for 5 minutes.

Taste the sauce.  If you feel it needs to be sweeter, add a teaspoon or two of unrefined cane sugar and reheat, stirring constantly, until it dissolves.  Remove cinnamon stick, puree in the blender or mash with potato masher, depending on whether you want a smooth or chunky consistency.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
About 2 cups


Juliana Elton
I made this with a mix of pears and different kinds of apples. It was great! The different flavors blended well together. Thanks for the recipe.
October 29, 2008, 4:26 pm

Rebecca Brenneman
I like apple butter and take the applesauce this one step further by baking it in a 375 degree oven (stirring it every 30 minutes) until it is the consistency I'm looking for. Depending on the amount of liquid in the applesauce, this can take up to several hours.
October 29, 2008, 8:35 pm

Brooke Kingston
I made this for our toddler son last weekend, and he absolutely gobbled it up! I enjoyed it with some cottage cheese for a wonderful snack. Thank you for this great's delicious, flavorful and so easy!
November 12, 2008, 12:48 pm

Eileen R
Applesauce season started two weeks ago for us. Many (MANY!) of our neighborhood grandparents have an apple tree or two in their yards. The Boy and I get a bucket of apples every weekend and get to it. I cut, Gramma cooks, The Boy mashes. Everyone is happy and the house smells good. Because we have such a variety of apples, the batches are different every time ... and always good.
October 27, 2010, 8:36 pm

Lynne Lillie
The crockpot is also a good way to make applesauce. Keep the heat on low and the liquid to a minimum--cooked long enough it becomes apple butter. I keep the peels on (organic) and use no sugar. Nothing better than applesauce this time of year when the apples are in season!!!
October 28, 2010, 11:10 am

Anjii Anjii
Fell out of bed felenig down. This has brightened my day!
August 7, 2011, 8:13 am

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