I love apple picking. In college I went with my pal Anna and last year I went with a pregnant Kate and (a regular) Meg. It’s always a fun time.
This year Brent, Maeby and I went apple picking on the last Sunday in September on a whim after a fun brunch and a trip to a farmers market. We had plans to go the day before but got rained out. Glad we went, as we took a detour into a row of grapes, came home with a ton of funky looking apples and a ring on my finger!
Anyhoo, Brent has always wanted to try Homemade Applesauce, and when my co-worker Sam alerted me to The Pioneer Woman’s latest recipe, I knew I had something to use up the last of our “engagement apples.”
Homemade Apple Sauce (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
- 6 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into slices
- 1 cup water (or, apple juice or apple cider)
- Juice o 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, more or less depending on how much cinnamon you like
1. Wash, peel, and chop up your apples. You can put them in the large pot you will be cooking the applesauce in, squeezing the lemon over them as you go if’d you don’t want to look at brown apples.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. It will look something like this when done:
3. Carefully puree in a food processor or blender (don’t fill too full; split into two portions if needed) until smooth.
Store in single portion servings in the fridge and eat or use it in a recipe! It takes a few minutes to peel the skins off of the apples, but honestly this was one of the easiest recipes I’ve made in a long time. Brent liked it, I liked it, The Pioneer Woman liked it (well… her recipe…)… we’ll see if Kate’s baby enjoys it!