Nothing says fall more than apples, at least in New England.

Growing up I lived next to an apple orchard and apple pie was one the first things I knew how to cook on my own.

However, this recipe is something I have recently tried and loved: Homemade applesauce!

Whether you like to eat it as a snack by itself, pair it as a side dish with pork chops or serve it warm over some vanilla ice cream for dessert, this easy recipe is timeless and delicious!


6-8 apples of your choice (I used a mix of macintosh, honeycrisp and granny smith)

1 cup of apple cider or apple juice

The juice of one lemon

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less depending on taste)

Optional ingredients:

Maple syrup, nutmeg and butter


Peel and slice apples then combine all wet and dry ingredients in a large pot over medium heat for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once apples are tender (soft) pour mixture into a blender or food processor until smooth.

If you do not have either of those a hand mixer or potato masher works well too (spilt into two parts if necessary).

Now serve it warm or put it in the fridge for later! (Nah, keep it warm, slather it with brown sugar, and dump tons of vanilla ice cream on it – oh it’s so so good.)

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