Homemade applesauce brings applesauce to the next level. It has so much more flavor than jarred applesauce. Feel free to change up the spices and flavorings. Try adding some fresh chopped ginger and allspice instead of nutmeg. The lemon helps add a bit of bright flavor.
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6 sides
2 tablespoons butter
6 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup granulated sugar, or honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Combine everything in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20-30 minutes until the apples are soft enough to mash. Adjust the heat if necessary throughout cooking.
For chunky applesauce, mash lightly, leaving chunks of soft apples.
For smooth applesauce mash heavily with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender, food mill, or stand blender to puree. Use caution when blending hot liquids.
Serve hot or cold. Serve stirred into plain yogurt or as a warm topping on ice cream.