Have you recently gone apple picking and need some recipes to use them in? This quick and easy Stovetop Cinnamon Applesauce will take 3lbs and make for a delicious side dish, snack or dessert!
Have you been apple picking yet this season?
We just went the other weekend with Emily and had so much fun! It was her first time going and I wasn’t sure if she’d like it or get the hang of picking them, but she just loved it! Even though she needed a little help picking some off of the trees, she had so much fun putting them in the bag and snacking on them as we went along.
It was such a fun family outing, but once home I needed to start thinking of some different ways to use them! I mean, I could snack on apples just plain, but with 10+ pounds, they might go bad before we got through them all.
That’s where this Stovetop Cinnamon Applesauce comes into play. When I think of applesauce these days, I usually think of it as a side-dish from my childhood, using it in baking recipes in place of some oil or how I usually stir some into Emily’s morning oatmeal. I personally don’t usually eat it on its own.
However, this recipe has totally changed my mind! Give me a spoon and it’ll be gone in about two seconds flat. Kevin’s first response after trying it was that it tasted like apple pie without the crust. How’s that for a review of something so simple as applesauce? It’s been my after dinner snack all week and with only 1/4 cup sugar in the entire recipe, it tames my sweet tooth without completely ruining my healthy eating goals.
It’s really easy to make as well! After peeling, coring and quartering your apples, just put them in a pan with some water, brown sugar and cinnamon. After cooking for twenty minutes it’s ready to be mashed into a beautiful sauce. I left it on the chunkier side, but you can definitely make it smoother if you’d like. Oh and I don’t want to forget mentioning that your home will smell absolutely divine after making this! Forget lighting any fall scented candles on the day you make this recipe 🙂
So if you’ve recently gone apple picking and need a good recipe to use some of them up, this one’s a definite winner in my book!
- 8 Macintosh apples (about 3lbs.), washed, peeled and cored
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- After washing, peeling and coring the apples, cut them into quarters and then place in a large pan - a ceramic dutch oven is preferred
- Add in the cinnamon, brown sugar and stir. Then add the water and stir again.
- Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until apples are soft and starting to fall apart. I gave it a good stir at the 10 minute mark.
I’ll leave you with this little snap shot of my kitchen helper 🙂