One of my very favorite things about fall is the smell of apples and spices cooking. It really puts me in the perfect “fall” state of mind…even if it is still 90+ degrees outside (we’ll get there, Dallas, we’ll get there!). The other night we had a nice “cold front” (86 degrees instead of the usual 97 or more), so I decided to whip up a quick pot of homemade applesauce. Joel and I both love applesauce, but when it comes to homemade, there’s no contest. The beauty of this recipe is, you can just throw it all in a big pot and leave it. And of course in the meantime, your house will smell amazing!

Homemade Applesauce

4 apples, peeled and cored (I used Red Delicious, but Honeycrisp or Pink Lady would be ideal)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
pinch salt
juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Cut the apples into large chunks and put them in a heavy pot over medium heat; add the brown sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon and water. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the apples are extremely soft and mushy. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the apples together until you have an applesauce-like consistency. Serves 4.

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper




  1. I can’t believe I’ve never made my own applesauce. I must do it soon.


    Comment by The Food Hunter — September 19, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

  2. My daughter loves applesauce, and I definitely would like to try making it for her homemade – one question, is the sugar necessary? I have always bought the unsweetened version for her, so can I just leave the sugar out?


    amy Reply:

    Feel free to leave the sugar out!


    Comment by Annie — September 19, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

  3. yes absolutely love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg during fall. but applesauce does remind me of winter when my best friend and i hosted Hanukkah parties and cooked/fried everything delicious, including homemade applesauce for the latkes. 🙂

    ps, !


    Comment by Manding — September 19, 2011 @ 1:59 PM

  4. There is nothing quite like homemade applesauce on a crisp fall day! My grandma has a very similar recipe that I use, but she adds vanilla to it. After tasting it with vanilla I will never go back to the original version, it helps enhance the other spices and flavors and just makes it even more delicious!


    amy Reply:

    Mmm, I bet vanilla does make it better! Great idea!


    Comment by Allison — September 19, 2011 @ 4:29 PM

  5. this looks amazing!! pinned 🙂


    Comment by Anne Marie — September 19, 2011 @ 8:17 PM

  6. This sounds great. I can’t wait to start on homemade apple sauce. I just finished with the last of the peaches, so apples are next!


    Comment by Emily — September 19, 2011 @ 8:39 PM

  7. Nice! I love this applesauce recipes! We used to make a similar one at home, but we added a pudding powder to it, so it was more like a pudding than an applesauce, but still tasty 🙂


    Comment by Lenna — September 20, 2011 @ 6:09 AM

  8. This looks delicious! Perfect for fall.


    Comment by Rose — September 20, 2011 @ 12:13 PM

  9. Love its shining color! Would love to spread it on pancakes at breakfast!


    Comment by zerrin — September 20, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

  10. I made applesauce last weekend for the exact same reason! When the highs dip down in the double digits, it’s fall time in Phoenix. Homemade applesauce is so easy and SO much better than store bought!


    Comment by Kelsey — September 20, 2011 @ 2:17 PM

  11. Amy this looks yummy! I do something similar but I roast the apples. Then mash them. This was one of my fav baby foods to make as well. Just start it in a blender for a smoother texture! You are gunna have one lucky little girl because her mama is such an awesome cook!


    Comment by shelly tindall — September 20, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

  12. I LOVE homemade applesauce. Yours looks delicious!


    Comment by Holly — September 21, 2011 @ 2:17 PM

  13. How can we eat this applesauce? By itself, or in combination ?


    Comment by Mihaela — September 22, 2011 @ 1:24 AM

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  15. I have great memories of homemade applesauce, my mom always made it every fall! I need to recreate!


    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — September 30, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

  16. Do you use only 4 apples (like you have listed) or 4 lbs of apples??


    amy Reply:

    4 apples


    Comment by Heather J — October 1, 2011 @ 8:39 AM

  17. Just made this tonight…it turned out great! Super yummy!!! Thanks for the great recipe!! 🙂


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  22. I added a dash if cardimum, it gave it a wonderful fall spice! YUM!!


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