Homemade Applesauce

I know that February isn’t officially “apple season”, but I’m a rebel and had a bunch of apples that I forgot about in my fridge. This Homemade Applesauce recipe is so versatile – you can make it for a quick and sweet breakfast, or an afternoon snack, or even to put on the side of some potato pancakes with dinner. It’s one of those “dump everything and forget about it” recipes that makes you feel like you are Martha Stewart while actually just being a great way to get rid of slightly over-ripe fruit. It also is really adaptable, so you can double or triple the recipe for a holiday or par it down for just you and your boo (or babies, they love this stuff). 

Here’s what you need:

  • Zest and juice of 2 large navel oranges
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (6 to 8 apples)
  • 3 pounds sweet red apples, such as Macoun, McIntosh, or Winesap (6 to 8 apples)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and toss them in the juice. Pour the mixture into a dutch oven or large oven-safe pot. This one is bomb diggity. 

Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until all the apples are soft. Mix with a whisk until smooth. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Enjoy having your kitchen smell like heaven. 

xoxo 

Elizabeth 

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Homemade Applesauce
Yields 6
Homemade Applesauce, good for the soul
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. Zest and juice of 2 large navel oranges
  2. Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  3. 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (6 to 8 apples)
  4. 3 pounds sweet red apples, such as Macoun, McIntosh, or Winesap (6 to 8 apples)
  5. 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  6. 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  7. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl.
  3. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and toss them in the juice.
  4. Pour the apples and juice into a nonreactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot.
  5. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot.
  6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until all the apples are soft.
  7. Mix with a whisk until smooth. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. You can adjust this recipe easily by changing the amount of fruit you use, and increase/decrease the other ingredients accordingly.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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