Homemade Applesauce

December 9, 2015 By Cathy — 8 Comments
Homemade applesauce, cinnamon-ny and smooth.

Homemade Applesauce

Today marks day four of the ‘Festival of Lights’. Day four of Hanukkah! We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our house which makes for a super busy holiday season marked by tons of wrapping and lots of celebratory eating. My favorite Hanukkah tradition is frying up a batch of latkes; crispy-edged potato pancakes often served with applesauce and sour cream. I definitely require a dollop of each on my latkes and store-bought applesauce just won’t do.

Homemade Applesauce

I’ll share my latke recipe another time, because today is all about the applesauce. Once you make this for yourself and realize it’s both simple to execute and delicious to eat, you’ll never, ever pick up that store-bought stuff again. Plus the entire house smells like heaven when it’s cooking and you can make it just the way you like it…a little chunky, smooth as silk, cinnamon-ny, sweet or tart. My choice? Liberally seasoned with cinnamon and other spices and pureed until smooth.

Of course I always make enough to enjoy the next day with my breakfast too. I love a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with a healthy scoop of applesauce mixed in. Warm and satisfying, it’s my cold weather, warm-my-bones, go-to breakfast.

Homemade Applesauce

I started making applesauce when my boys were babies and everything had to be pureed. And as anyone with kids will tell you, whatever they don’t eat is fair game: a half-eaten fish stick, a couple cubes of cheese or a few spoons of applesauce. One day I realized that I should make enough to have my own bowl too, not just scrape up what the boys left behind. Who says having teeth should count against you?

So now I whip up a big batch, enough for all of us to share. It’s all ready for our latkes with plenty extra for breakfast the next day. To those that celebrate Hanukkah, I hope you’ll make room for this applesauce on your holiday table to enjoy with your family and friends. Best wishes for a joyous holiday. Happy Hanukkah!

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Homemade Applesauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Homemade applesauce, cinnamon-ny and smooth.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
  • 8 apples peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cover and cook until apples are soft, 20-25 minutes.
  4. Puree with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth.
  5. Serve warm or cold.

Homemade Applesauce


Homemade Applesauce
Homemade Applesauce

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8 responses to “Homemade Applesauce”

  1. Debbie says:

    Sounds great and so easy to make. Who knew. I Will try to make it this weekend. Can you use any type of apple or do you recommend one? Thanks

  2. I never made applesauce before, but your beautiful photography made me want to try it, Cathy!

  3. Happy Hanukkah! I think it’s great you celebrate both holidays, I know when I was growing up I wanted to celebrate both, because my (half) sister got to celebrate both. I was always jealous. Lol. Anyways, my husband LOVES homemade applesauce, and my MIL always makes it for him. Now that I have this stellar recipe, I’m going to have to give her a run for her money! This looks delicious! Cheers, lovely!

  4. Cathy, we totally love applesauce at our house, and I have to say I don’t make homemade as often as I should! Definitely putting your recipe on my list! Happy Hanukkah! Your photos look beautiful!

  5. Made this on the weekekend, great recipe. Tastes great.Thanks for sharing .

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