Easy Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

Updated on October 5, 2019
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Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking large amounts of coffee.

Homemade applesauce, just like your grandparents used to make!
Homemade applesauce, just like your grandparents used to make!

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.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 Gala apples
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon, to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel apples.
  2. Cut apples into small pieces. You can cut them into quarters and then chop those quarters into halves.
  3. Put apple pieces into a large pot. Pour lemon juice on top.
  4. Fill the pot with water. You want enough water to cover the top of the apples.
  5. Cook over medium heat, getting the water to boil. Allow apples to cook until they are soft enough to mash.
  6. Drain water.
  7. Using a potato masher, mash apples just a little bit.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Enjoy! This applesauce is delicious served warm. Alternatively, you can chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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Once apples are peeled and chopped, put them in a pan. Pour lemon juice on top.Fill pan with water, just enough to cover the top of the apples. Cook over medium heat until soft.Drain water. Mash.Add 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir. Then stir in additional 1/4 cup of sugar and allow apples to rest for two minutes.Sprinkle cinnamon on top to taste.Enjoy!
Once apples are peeled and chopped, put them in a pan. Pour lemon juice on top.
Once apples are peeled and chopped, put them in a pan. Pour lemon juice on top.
Fill pan with water, just enough to cover the top of the apples. Cook over medium heat until soft.
Fill pan with water, just enough to cover the top of the apples. Cook over medium heat until soft.
Drain water. Mash.
Drain water. Mash.
Add 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir. Then stir in additional 1/4 cup of sugar and allow apples to rest for two minutes.
Add 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir. Then stir in additional 1/4 cup of sugar and allow apples to rest for two minutes.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top to taste.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top to taste.
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        46 hours ago from Ohio

        Thank you Shannon! Your daughter's idea sounds delicious, too. I like your idea of using the applesauce as a filling for apple treats!

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        Shannon Henry 

        2 days ago from Texas

        This looks delicious! My daughter did something similar to this on her own last month when we had some extra apples. She cooked them in a pan with the cinnamon and such. I told her lemon would probably be good, but we didn't have any. She also made her own dough and put them it in a cupcake pan so that she could fill the crusts with the apples she made. It didn't turn out that bad. I should share this recipe with her. It would be perfect alone and as filling for tasty apple treats. Thanks for sharing it. :)

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        5 weeks ago from Ohio

        Yes, absolutely, Lora! I love that you would switch up the recipe to fit your lifestyle. I think keeping the sugar out would be fine :) Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        5 weeks ago from Ohio

        Oh it is very delicious! Thank you for stopping by, Dora. Have a lovely week!

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        Lora Hollings 

        5 weeks ago

        Tis the season for wonderful homemade and healthy applesauce! This recipe sounds delicious and easy to make. The only ingredient I will leave out is the sugar as I've tried to eliminate all sugar from my diet especially at my age. Sounds like your grandfather was a wonderful cook. How nice that you were able to spend so much time with them! Thanks for sharing this great recipe, Alyssa.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for the recipe. Never thought of home cooked applesauce but I think its worth a try.

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        5 weeks ago from Ohio

        I completely agree! Thank you for stopping by Bill. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Applesauce is one of those things I ate a ton of as a kid,and then just quit eating as an adult. I wonder why that is? I still love the taste, and it's a lazy man's food...you don't have to chew it! Who doesn't love applesauce? Thanks for the reminder, Alyssa, and Happy Weekend to you. We made it to another one! Hooray!

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        5 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you, Pamela! Yes, it is very delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This applesauce sounds so delicious! I appreciate your memories and the recipe. I also have good memories of great food at my grandparent's house.

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