A tasty and homey recipe for Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce is ready in less than 30 minutes and only has 5 ingredients.
It is easy to just grab a jar of applesauce off the shelf of the grocery store. But why not cook up this quick, tasty and homey batch of Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce? With so much appley flavor and a smidge of cinnamon, you will never want to go back to store bought applesauce again.
What kind of apples make the best applesauce?
With so many varieties of apples (there are over 2,500 different kinds of apples grown in the United States!), I asked myself what kind is best for making applesauce?
With the help of the all knowing Google, I researched for the perfect applesauce apple for my recipe. I discovered that there are 100s of perfect apples for an applesauce recipe. To name just a few…
- Golden Delicious
Each type of apple adds a certain amount of sweet, tart and/or tang to homemade applesauce.
I settled on the SweeTango for a couple reasons. Firstly, it got a glowing review from a fellow foodie. Secondly, the flavor is a cross between a crunchy and sweet Honeycrisp (with a hint of citrus too) and a tart and tender McIntosh which are two types of apples I love. The pretty red skin of the SweeTango apple is flecked with yellows and pinks and the flesh has a slight milky hue.
chef cooking tips for homemade applesauce
About 1 quart (or 4 cups) of applesauce was the amount I was aiming to make. 4 pounds of SweeTangos (or about 10 apples) was the right number to use in the recipe.
The most arduous task of the applesauce recipe is peeling and chopping the apples. I look at it as a few quiet moments as it is a pretty much a simple job that does not require much concentration. My Mom was a champion apple peeler (at least in my eyes). I always try to see if I can peel the whole apple in one strip like she used to do when making her famous apple slices. It was a whole baking sheet filled with a giant apple pie!
Along with the apples, add cinnamon, sugar, salt and water. That’s it!
After bringing the ingredients to a boil, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. The finished applesauce will be a little bit smooth with just enough chunks of tender apples to keep it interesting. Cool the applesauce completely before packaging it.
How to store homemade applesauce
I like to store the applesauce in a 1 quart glass jar. A wide mouth funnel works great for keeping the mess to a minimum. Store fresh homemade applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. It can also be frozen. Put the applesauce in large resealable freezer bags. Lay flat in the freezer and freeze until solid. The applesauce will keep for up to 1 year.
Is it worth it to make homemade applesauce?
The answer is a resounding yes! Compared to the smooth and chunky texture along with the rich apple flavor that is accented with cinnamon, store bought applesauce is a distant second.
A few more apple recipes I love…
- Apple Oat Crumb Bars
- Apple Crumb Pie
- Maple Glazed Pork Medallions with Sauteed Apples
- Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts
Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce
A tasty and homey Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes and only has 5 ingredients.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- 4 pounds apples (SweeTango, peeled, cored and cut in large chunks)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Place all the ingredients in a large pot over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, check the applesauce. There should be some soft chunks of apples and also smooth applesauce. Stir.
- Remove from the heat and cool completely.
- Store in in a 1 quart glass jar using a wide mouth funnel.
- Refrigerate up to 10 days.
If storing in the freezer, put the applesauce in resealable freezer bags. Lay flat in the freezer. Can be frozen for up to 1 year.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 82
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 36 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 22 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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