Homemade Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Super Easy Homemade Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce ~ When J & I go apple picking, applesauce is always one of the first things I make with the bags of apples we bring home.  The way I make my applesauce is as easy as can be ~ so make a big batch.  If you don't have fresh picked apples, don't worry, just buy some at the store.  I usually wait for apples to go on sale & then make a big pot full.  You can make the applesauce with just one kind of apple or an assortment.  I like using a bunch of different apples if I can ~ Gala, Empire & Cortlands are my favorites.  I save my quart jars & fill them up with applesauce, some to keep in the fridge & some to share.  Sometimes, I'll put applesauce in one quart Ziplock baggies & store them in the freezer (just like I do with my Strawberry Jam) ~ so that way I always have homemade applesauce on hand.  Score one for Mom!

Homemade Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce
  • 8 apples, peeled, cored & cut into chunks ~ I like to use a mixture of apples if I can
  • 1 1/4 cup water or apple juice, depending on how sweet you like your applesauce or how tart your apples are ~  (I usually use water)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)  

Place apple chunks in a large pot.  Add the water & lemon juice.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer & cover pot.  Cook until apples are soft, about 20-30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Apples will begin to break down & give off juice.  If it starts to get too dry, add a little bit more water.

When apples are tender, add sugar & cinnamon.  Stir until well combined.

Smash apple mixture with a potato masher, until the applesauce becomes as chunky as you like.  (we like ours pretty chunky)  Taste & add more cinnamon or sugar if needed.  If applesauce it a bit too thin, keep simmering it until it gets as thick as you like it.  It will thicken slightly as it cools.

Eat it warm or chilled.  I'll sometimes add a little whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon when I serve it for dessert.  Just because...  :) 


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