Easy Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe
Most of my favorite childhood memories center around my grandparents. Growing up, I spent every weekend at their house. I used to love raiding the cupboards and the refrigerator because my grandpa always had the best treats. There would always be an assortment of cookies, candies, and ice cream just waiting for me, or so I thought.
My grandfather was also an amazing cook. I loved hanging out in the kitchen with him as he whipped up culinary masterpieces. My all-time favorite dish was his homemade applesauce. He would always make a large batch and he would designate one container just for me.
My husband was the same way with his grandmother. He would always be under her feet in the kitchen as she cooked and baked. She, too, had her own applesauce recipe and would make up a large batch.
Now that fall is in full swing, my husband and I wanted to whip up our own applesauce, combining our grandparents' recipe and sharing this fond memory with our own son.
The following is that recipe, which was surprisingly easy and quick to make. This is a great one to get the kids involved in and create your own treasured memories.
- 7 to 8 Gala apples
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon, to taste
- Peel apples.
- Cut apples into small pieces. You can cut them into quarters and then chop those quarters into halves.
- Put apple pieces into a large pot. Pour lemon juice on top.
- Fill the pot with water. You want enough water to cover the top of the apples.
- Cook over medium heat, getting the water to boil. Allow apples to cook until they are soft enough to mash.
- Drain water.
- Using a potato masher, mash apples just a little bit.
- Add 1/4 cup of sugar and stir. Stir in the additional 1/4 cup of sugar and allow the apples to sit for 2 minutes to allow the sugar and apples to come together.
- Stir apples one final time. At this point you can either add in cinnamon to taste or spoon generous scoops of applesauce into a bowl and allow people to sprinkle their desired amount of cinnamon on top.
- Enjoy! This applesauce is delicious served warm. Alternatively, you can chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.