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... :)