Dec 21, 2011

cinnamon applesauce

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There's nothing like homemade cinnamon applesauce.  It pretty much puts the jarred stuff to shame (that is, if applesauce could be shamed).  This is an easy holiday dish that's definitely a crowd-pleaser.  It's a part of most of our family holiday celebrations, so I decided to share it with you.  If you have a Christmas party coming up and don't know what to bring, this is it!

It's almost silly how easy it is to make.  It's simply apples and cinnamon.  So, it's healthy too, which is weird for a holiday tradition, but I can't complain. 

It's best eaten warm.  Top it with some homemade granola for a real treat.  Or, just sprinkle it with a little brown sugar and rolled oats and enjoy it almost tastes like apple pie, but without the side of guilt. 

Cinnamon Apple Sauce
-Ripe apples, anything labeled "sweet" at the store (8 apples makes about 2 cups; I usually use 10 lbs of apples for holiday parties)
-A few chookie chookies of cinnamon

Peel and core your apples.  Chop the apples into 1/2"-1" cubes.  They don't need to be perfect.  Put them in a large saucepan on medium-low heat.  Add a few tablespoons of water to the pot.  Add a few chookie chookies of cinnamon to taste.  Cook the apples down, uncovered, stirring often.  This will take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the type and quantity of your apples.  The apples should break down by themselves, so you don't even need to mash the mixture.  Enjoy the applesauce warm, but if you're not going to eat it right away, cover and refrigerate it.  It reheats well.


  1. I've used my slow cooker with good success to do the same thing. Just put the apples and seasoning in, set it and forget it for 8 hours or so. I've even done it overnight!


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