culinary review

Homemade Applesauce

Last Modified: 03/10/08
First Published: 10/28/07
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Applesauce is the perfect way to utilize the abundance of apples that fall brings. It’s easyapple_sauce and quick to make as well as an excellent accompaniment next to many dishes. Applesauce goes excellent next to pork, turkey and chicken, or on top of potato pancakes, crepes or oatmeal. The easiest way to enjoy apple sauce is to have it plain topped with some milk and cream, then the flavors come through especially well.

This is a very nice recipe. It only takes about 30 minutes to cook the applesauce and its consistency turns nice and smooth. We use Fuji as well as Granny Smith apples, it’s a good idea to use a combination of various apples. Other good cooking apples include Gravenstein, McIntosh and Golden Delicious.

This applesauce is sweet, although not too sweet and flavored with cinnamon

About 1 quart of applesauce


  • 3 lbs of peeled, cored and chopped apples (We used 3 large Fuji apples and 4 smaller Granny Smith)
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar (or regular white sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 lemon peel pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice



Add the apples, the sugar, the water, the salt, the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel to a large pot. Place on medium heat and let come to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stir occasionally. At this point, add the ground cinnamon and the lemon juice. Taste to see if the sauce is sweet/spicy enough, otherwise adjust the content.



Cook for another 10 minutes, then mash the apples with a potato masher. Either serve right away, or store in the fridge or in the freezer.