Recipe: Homemade applesauce
While one of my daughter's favorite snacks is a fresh, fall apple, there's something special about making applesauce together. The wonderful aroma of apples, fresh cider, and spices brewing cheers us up on rainy fall days.Posted — Updated
Fall is in the air - mornings are crisp, days are getting shorter, and apples are abundant at local farmers markets. I love seeing all the varieties on display and sampling the options from week to week.
While one of my daughter’s favorite snacks is a fresh, fall apple, there’s something special about making applesauce together. The wonderful aroma of apples, fresh cider, and spices brewing cheers us up on rainy fall days, and then we have a delicious and healthy snack for days to come. Here’s a simple recipe that we use at the Cafe and home.
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3. Mash apples to desired consistency with a wooden spoon or potato masher. For extra smooth applesauce, use a blender.
Makes about 4 cups of applesauce.
- Use a mixture of apple varieties for best results. Some N.C. varietals that work well in sauce include: Gala, Fuji, Golden or Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Jonagold, Empire, and Pink Lady. Include a couple of Granny Smiths for a touch of tartness.
- You can leave the apple peels on and blend them into the final sauce, though this is only recommended if you are using organic apples.
- For something a little different, use pears instead of apples.