I will go ahead and confess right here at the beginning that I do not like applesauce. Not the kind you buy in the store anyway. But this homemade applesauce I can totally get behind! It is super easy and full of lovely fall flavor. I originally found the recipe on the back of a Juicy Juice bottle seven or eight years ago and I usually forget about it and then every couple of years remember it and dust it off and make a batch or two.
The absolute best side benefit? Your house will same utterly amazing when you cook it.
What you’ll need
6 baking apples chopped into pieces (best apples recommended for baking are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and the Pink Lady)
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
What You’ll do:
Combine all ingredients into a large pot.
Cook on high heat for about 30 minutes or until your apples are tender.
Yep, that’s it! But a couple of things to note…I don’t like super chunky applesauce so I use my potato masher to break down the larger apple pieces.
Also, I don’t exactly measure out my cranberries~I just add what looks like a good cranberry to apple ratio.
And as long as I am admitting that I don’t follow directions exactly my brown sugar probably isn’t packed down and if measured out is probably a little closer to 3/4 a cup. And if I am being completely honest I may or may not measure out the cinnamon and just sorta sprinkle it on until it looks and smells like I have added enough 🙂
Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!
**Update: I made a batch this morning with a variety of apples…granny smith, tango, and red delicious. I also added 4 TBS of butter to the chopped apples and cooked them a few minutes before adding the other ingredients. Letting it simmer on lowest heat also helped give it time to thicken nicely.