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A beginner's recipe for homemade applesauce

To make applesauce: Simmer the apples
To make applesauce: Simmer the apples

Remember when your mom would make applesauce from scratch and you loved that first bowl that was still warm? It’s time for you to learn how to make this childhood favorite with a beginner’s recipe.

Homemade applesauce

Just because we call this a beginner’s recipe for homemade applesauce, doesn’t mean there is anything lacking in ingredients or preparations. It’s simply a beginner’s recipe because it make a good foundation for you to build upon and make it your own.

Recipe for homemade applesauce


  • 4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft.
  3. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Editor’s Notes:

  • You can play with the spices, such as using apple pie spice instead of just cinnamon
  • For crock pots: double the recipe and don’t mash the apples. Cook on high 3-4 hours. The apples will breakdown on their own
  • If you have never made applesauce from scratch and you are nervous- this is the recipe to begin your journey. It’s almost 100% foolproof (especially if you try making it in the crock pot)

Making homemade applesauce is not difficult, but it is a treat your friends and family will love. Try different types of apples for a variety flavors and sweet or tart flavors. This will become a family favorite, especially in the fall when apples are bountiful!


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