This is a great recipe for homemade applesauce. You will think you’re eating baked apples with cinnamon. I made this for my son and his friends, and they couldn’t get over how much better it was than eating store-bought applesauce.
- 1 teaspoon good cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (I use Minute Maid lemon juice from concentrate if I don’t have fresh lemons)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths (or Cortland, Honeycrisp, Winesap) (Reserve some of the apple peels)
- 3 large McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths (or any of the above varieties)
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cut up apples in dutch oven or pyrex baking pan. Sprinkle apples with the lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, and water. Add the reserved pieces of apple peel. Mix gently. Bake for about 45 min. Mix once or twice during the cooking. After the 45 minutes, cook a little longer if aren’t soft enough. When apples are soft enough, take a potato masher just to mash the bigger pieces a little. There should be a little texture to this apple sauce. If you wish, you can take out any pieces of apple peel, but they may have pretty much dissolved. Refrigerate or serve warm.