Easy homemade applesauce with apples picked from the tree in our backyard.
This is my favorite applesauce recipe, I give it out whenever people ask me how to make homemade applesauce. It’s a simple recipe, easy, delicious and healthy too. On top of that? Kids love it –at least mine (and their friends) gobble it down every time we make it.
This recipe was originally published on Elan’s Pantry.
Another benefit of making applesauce from scratch? It’s an easy and nourishing recipe for children. Mine really get involved in peeling and chopping the apples; we’ve been making apple sauce together to mark the change of seasons (summer moving to fall) since they were toddlers.
For me, the first day of autumn is about giving thanks for the bounty of the harvest (which is overflowing in my backyard garden at this very moment). It is also about acknowledging the change of seasons and the need to gather together our harvests (think of the squirrel stashing away nuts) and put them away for the colder, less abundant season to come –winter.
How to Make Applesauce: Serves 4-6
- 12 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Place apples and cinnamon in a 2 quart baking dish with lid
- Bake covered at 350°F for 60-90 minutes until apples are soft
- Allow to cool slightly
- Crush apples with a potato masher, until sauce is desired consistency