image_6We go through an obscene amount of applesauce in my house – between my toddler and my husband, I feel like I’m buying mini cups of applesauce at least once a week. This homemade version is about a million times better than anything I’ve found at the grocery store. The pears add a nice layer of flavor; it’s perfectly sweet and has just a hint of spice from the cinnamon. If you’ve got a few pounds of apples that need to be used up, give this recipe a try – you’ll have trouble going back to the grocery store version.

Homemade Apple Sauce

Makes 8 cups

7 Apples (I used 5 Granny Smith, 2 Cameo – this gave a good sweet/tart balance)

5 Pears

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup apple cider (apple juice would work too)

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Peel and chop the apples and pears and add to a large, heavy pot.

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Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

image_2Cook over medium heat for 30-35 minutes, until the fruit starts to break down.

image_3Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Blend the mixture in a food processor until you get the consistency you want – we prefer our applesauce very pureed, but stop a little sooner if you like yours with more texture.

image_4image_5Store in individual containers in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days.

image_8image_9Enjoy!

Homemade Apple Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Serves: Makes 8 Cups
Ingredients
  • 7 Apples (I used 5 Granny Smith, 2 Cameo – this gave a good sweet/tart balance)
  • 5 Pears
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider (apple juice would work too)
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the apples and pears and add to a large, heavy pot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 30-35 minutes, until the fruit starts to break down.
  4. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Blend the mixture in a food processor until you get the consistency you want – we prefer our applesauce very pureed, but stop a little sooner if you like yours with more texture.
  6. Store in individual containers in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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