Homemade applesauce was not something I ever thought I’d write a post about but look at me now!
Growing up in an Italian household with little money, no food was ever wasted and the food we did have was cherished. I remember my grandmother, Nonna Civita, making homemade applesauce for all of us, she took great pride in all her food and made everything from scratch. I don’t recall watching her making it but as a child, it seemed like so much work so I never explored it…what a shame!
Recently I was visiting with my girlfriend Diane. Diane is vegan and is introducing me to all kinds of new options and ideas when it comes to food. At our visit she was making homemade applesauce, then I tried the applesauce and I fell in love. I knew it was time for me to put on my big girl panties and try making this at home.
Peel and cut in half
remove stems and seeds from your apples
Place apples in a saucepan, add water, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon
Cover and cook apples for 15-20 minutes or until soft
Using a potato masher or hand blender (this is by far my favorite gadget in the house), mash until you get the consistency you desire. I like the hand blender as I love the applesauce to be well blended.
I’ve made this recipe several times and I like using honeycrisp apples as I find the honeycrisp apples are a little sweet and a little tart. If you can not find honeycrisp in your market, I’d recommend using granny smith apples, changing the apple means you may need to adjust the sugar amount for the applesauce.
This is a no fail recipe, if you use more apples add a little more water, if you like more cinnamon, add it, if you don’t want cinnamon, omit it. This recipe tastes so fresh, natural and delicious, you will never go back to buying applesauce again…I promise!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum
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