Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

It is prime apple season, folks. While normally, I'm extremely content eating an apple in its original whole form, when the air gets chillier (and by chillier, I mean, 60's in San Francisco...brr...), I feel the urge to make homemade applesauce. Not only is this applesauce tasty, rich with cinnamon and sugar, but it will also make your house (or apartment, in my case), smell so very good. Perhaps the loud cute boy upstairs will notice? It's just a thought.

I promise; this recipe is so easy. The hardest part, is waiting patiently for your apples to soften and brown. The cinnamony-apple smell is slightly intoxicating...but not worth burning your tongue for a premature taste. So take a seat, pour yourself a glass of wine lime fizzy water, and peel your apples. Don't forget to turn on the music.

First, get yourself some apples; 4 to 5 medium sized ones will work just fine, to make a decent sized pot o applesauce. I prefer to use Jonagolds, Gravenstein (an August apple), Galas, or Fujis. Wash them. Peel them imperfectly.

Then, cut them into slices, about 1/4 inch thick.

In a large saucepan, add 1/2 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of water, and the naked apples. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus, a cinnamon stick if you're feeling frisky. I used two in this recipe; I was feeling especially bold after Sunday afternoon yoga. Namaste. Stir it all up, making sure to coat the apples with the liquid.

Let the apples come to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Every 10 minutes or so, stir your sauce! This where the music comes in. Relax. Listen. Stir. Repeat.

Over time, the apples will brown and soften; time will vary but this batch took about 30 minutes. When they are cooked to your liking, remove from the heat and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes or so. Stir a bit more. Yeah, they should be a bit syrupy.

My favorite way to enjoy this applesauce is over a thick pork chop. To be honest, it's more like, would you like some pork chop with that applesauce? It's also absolutely delicious atop a sweet potato, mixed in with some roasted squash, brussel sprouts, and onions, or in your morning oats. Or alone, eaten out of a jar. Like so.

Even though I'm perfectly capable of making this applesauce, whenever my Mom cooks for my birthday, she asks me, "What do you want me to make you? Prime Rib? Filet?" And every year, I reply, "pork chops with applesauce." It's simply the ultimate comfort food meal.

Now go pick some apples and make this applesauce. Even if it's just to lure your cute neighbor in.

Homemade Applesauce

4-5 medium sized apples (Jonagolds, Gravenstein, Galas, or Fujis)
1/2 -3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus more to taste)
1 cinnamon stick (optional, but recommended)

1) Wash and peel apples. Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices.

2) In a large saucepan, combine apples, sugar, water, cinnamon, and cinnamon stick. Stir to coat the apples with the liquid and spices.

3) Bring apples to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 30 minutes or so, stirring every 10 minutes.

4) Once the apples are brown and syrupy, remove from heat and let sit to cool.

Serves 6. Eat very hot, warm, or cold. You may need to add more sugar or cinnamon, depending on the quality of your spices and your personal taste preference.


  1. This applesauce was amazing, we ate it on some great pork chops that Laura also made.

    And about the wine and boys...I definitely support the vino wile cooking and eventually those boys from upstairs will smell the aroma of your cooking and stop by ;) The question is - do you want them to?

  2. This sounds amaze! Can't wait to try it! Figs you'd start an adorbs blog.

  3. Totes adorbs! I hope you manage to tag every post "boys". Can't wait to read more!!