Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homemade Applesauce


Are any of you insomniac bloggers? Do you blog late at night when your body and brain won't let you sleep? I only ask because that is what I'm doing right now. Fortunately it's not something that happens too often, but every couple of nights or so the sandman forgets to stop at my place...so I blog. Thank goodness for the miracles of technology to keep us entertained late at night!

My mom often had homemade applesauce for us while growing up as a kid. Mmm, there was nothing better then getting a ladle of that stuff, still steaming, right after being prepared. It just has so much more texture, depth and flavor then any of the jarred stuff that's available at the grocery store. I am also a huge fan of applesauce because it's one of the few forms of fruit that my son will actually eat!


Any chance those necklaces are made with real fruit juice?

For some reason, I always had it in my head that applesauce was way too intimidating to make, and required fancy kitchen equipment and techniques that I didn't have. But, as it turns out, making homemade applesauce is just about as hard as making a pot of mashed potatoes. And just like making mashed potatoes, there really isn't much measuring to do, so trust your gut, and your tongue!

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients

10-20 Golden Delicious apples (just depending on how much you want), peeled, cored and cubed
brown sugar
granulated sugar
cinnamon

Directions

Put apples in a large pan and add about an inch of water, boil down for several minutes. Apples will release their own juices. Apples will be ready to mash when they are practically falling apart on their own. Mash to desired consistency. Add cinnamon, and sugars to taste, but add sparingly because applesauce will sweeten as it cools.

24 comments:

Katy ~ said...

UGH on not getting enough sleep!

I hear you about the applesauce; I made it for the very first time last year, and afterwards I wondered what all the fuss and mystery was about that I had built up in my mind? Good and fun post.

Sweet picture of your son enjoying his treat!

Donna-FFW said...

One of my most favorite things to make after apple picing in the fall. I love it, and I love to make applesauce breakfast cake with it.

Netts Nook said...

I love applesauce on almost anything I have never made my own I will give it a try. Does your little boy need a play date he looks so cute.

Debbie said...

I've never made home made applesauce....I don't blog late a night. I think if I did I wouldn't end up in bed till 3 am.......

girlichef said...

We love our homemade applesauce around this house...store bought is just not the same! Looks great!

the ungourmet said...

I can imagine the tastes wonderful warm! I know my kids would love it too! Thanks for the recipe. :0)

Ingrid said...

My kids would love this over the jar I'm sure. Might even get the twins to eat it.

Your little guy is cute and looks so handsome in this red!
~ingrid

Chow and Chatter said...

very American, looks great I was making this a lot when my daughter was first weaning but can she can sharpen her one little tooth on apples he he

Heidi said...

I love homemade applesauce. I have a great recipe for it i need to get made and posted. I've never made any with brown sugar. Looks great!

Pam said...

I too love homemade applesauce way more than store bought. Yours looks delicious.

Sara said...

Looks great - I have a giant granny smith apple tree in my yard, I make tons of applesauce in August and September.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I hate it when I can't sleep. i love applesauce and didn't know how to make it. So glad you poasted this recipe. Adorable picture of you!

biz319 said...

I haven't made homemade applesauce since my daughter was little and we went apple picking.

Love it!

Kristen said...

I'll have to give applesauce another try, because the last time I made it I was the only one who would eat it - I don't know why, it was very good. You kid is a cutie!

Melissa said...

I used to make homemade applesauce all the time. I'm not sure why I haven't made it in a while but your post makes me want to make it again! :)

Delectable Dining said...

I love making applesauce, but never thought to use brown sugar. What a great idea!

Barbara Bakes said...

My husband teases me about blogging in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. I haven't made applesauce, but now that I know it's so easy I'm going to have to give it a try!

Jenn said...

Mmmmm...apple sauce. Where's the pork chops? LOL. I remember eating apple sause as an afternoon snack growing up. This has brought back so many memories.

I'm one of those sleepless bloggers. Although I do most of my wirting late at night anyway, so it's been a habit for for quite a long time. LOL.

Erica said...

mmm i love homemade applesauce- I agree....much better than anything in a can from the store! Your son is adorable. Hope you get better sleepies tonight

Reeni♥ said...

Never made my own applesauce. But I love the stuff! And I bet your little cutie did, too!

MaryBeth said...

I love homemade applesauce, have you seen my post for pink cinnamon applesauce?

teresa said...

MaryBeth I haven't but I'm going to!

Elyse said...

Um, your son is precious! I'm so glad that you can sneak fruit into his diet with this yummy looking apple sauce. I do love a good homemade applesauce. There's something so darn comforting--not to mention delicious--about it!

Alissa said...

I'm making this TODAY!!! I'll let you know how awesome it is:)Thanks for the recipe as always!!!