Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce… my obsession with apples continues! Choose apples which are naturally sweet and you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long to make this.
There are about 7000 different varieties of apples, each one with its own color, flavor, and texture. That’s why certain apples are great for baking, and others are better for eating fresh. And some apples are especially good for making applesauce! I usually use some combination of McIntosh, Cortland and Lobo for applesauce because of their natural sweetness – no extra sugar required! Other apple varieties which are great for making applesauce are Gala, Fuji and, of course, the Red Delicious.
As far as add-ins are concerned, there are the usual spices that go well with apples; cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, to name but a few. You can also combine your apples with other fruits such as pears, strawberries and cranberries to give your final product a more festive look. As far as adding sugar is concerned, it really isn’t necessary. Just make sure you are using sweet apples. You will also notice that some recipes have you add apple juice to the applesauce – once again, something I don’t think is necessary, as the apple are sweet and tasty enough on their own (I add water instead). But, as always, these are my own preferences – you should feel free to play around with the recipe until your applesauce is just how you like it!
You can easily make a big batch of this Homemade Chunky Applesauce. Just place your applesauce in sterilized jars, and process them in a water bath. For more details, you can follow this link.
Origin of the recipe for Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce:
This is one of those recipes which isn’t really a recipe, if you know what I mean. When I was growing up, my mom would alternate between making this easy homemade chunky applesauce and (equally delicious) baked apples. It was my favorite after school snack, especially in the fall.
Nutrition Tip: Did you know that you can replace up to half of the fat in baked goods (such as muffins, quick breads, cookies and simple cakes) with applesauce? An easy way to reduce your total fat intake while increasing your fiber intake. As you know, getting enough fiber can help reduce the risk of certain diseases, and is also great for your digestive system.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make your very own Homemade Chunky Applesauce. I guarantee you’ll never buy commercial again. Enjoy!
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- 4 fresh apples, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks
- ½ - ¾ cup water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- In a medium saucepan, combine apples and water. (There should be just enough water to cover the bottom of your pan).
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Make sure that there is always a thin layer of water.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 10 minutes or so. Once the mixture has softened, you can mash the mixture with a fork or a potato masher, until your desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
- Serve warm or chilled.
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