Here’s a quick and easy recipe that is a total home run in my house. We were looking for a delicious side dish for dinner the other night, and we have just an overabundance of apples in our house right now (because its fall in Upstate New York!). So, I whipped up this Homemade Maple Applesauce which my kids absolutely love.
I think its great that there is zero processed sugar in this while it being super flavorful and seems very rich. Trevor even commented that it was just like apple pie filling. This is just a great example of when you have outstanding ingredients (like fresh-picked Macintosh apples), and with a little bit of cooking, you can have a fabulous dish.
Just a few notes on this recipe: I highly recommend using Macintosh apples – they’re naturally really sweet and cook down to a smooth consistency. Just don’t overcook this too much or it’ll have the texture of baby food. You want some chunks in your final applesauce. Also, make sure to clean the apples really well. I peeled and cored mine and made sure to remove any of those hard inner shells and seeds so when the apples cook down. That way, you don’t have to run it through a food mill.
Also, this recipe makes just enough for the four of us for dinner, but it would be even better to make a huge batch and freeze it!
- 5 Macintosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup water
- tiny pinch of salt
- several pinches cinnamon
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- Add the apples to a pot and pour the water in. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat.
- Simmer the apples until they've broken down and are a chunky consistency (about 20 minutes).
- When the apples reach your desired thickness, remove from the heat and add the salt, cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
- Serve warm!