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Sarah's Applesauce Recipe
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Sarah's Applesauce
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Sarah's Applesauce

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"This applesauce is delicious! I make it for my younger brother all the time and he loves it - and he hates canned applesauce!"

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 08, 2007

I doubled this recipe and made it in my slow cooker. Took about 3-4 hours on high, no need to mash the apples, they mushed on their own.. yummy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 30, 2012

I have my grandbaby visiting this weekend from Minneapolis and wanted to make him some homemade applesauce. (I didn't even do that for my OWN kids!) So I chose this recipe, but only as a reference. Because it was for an infant not quite six months old I knew I would add no sugar or cinnamon. But I'll tell you, even if I wanted to, there'd be no way I'd add this much sugar (a tablespoon per apple?) no matter what size the apples were. Also, knowing apples give off a lot of liquid, 3/4 cup of water seemed a lot. I cut that back to 1/2 cup, and could have used even less - I think 1/4 cup would have been fine. But that's 2/3 less than the recipe calls for! I chunked rather than chopped the apples, so I could do a good fork test on a chunk of apple to make sure it was cooked until tender. Again, because this was intended for a baby, I ran it through the food processor (blender would have worked fine too) rather than mashing it. So two stars as written because of the overload of both sugar and water, even tho' it ended up pure and delicious. I can't wait to see how little Andrew likes it!

Oct 18, 2003

I have a 30+ lb bag of apples from our apple tree that NEED to get used up so I took a chance and QUADRUPLED this recipe (praying for good results...otherwise I huge waste of ingrediants). My only change - I used a more apples than called for (6-7 apples X 4). My prayers have been answered!! My apples and effort have not gone to waste! I now have an economical recipe for applesauce that tastes wonderful and EVERYONE loves! Thanks a million phatcat! I'll be sure to repeat this recipe every fall!!

Jan 09, 2005

Excellent recipe!!! I think the type of apple you use will determine how much sugar you need. I doubled the apples and per the recommendation of the local produce manager, I used 3 empire and 5 macintosh. Since these are naturally sweeter than pie apples, I cut the sugar in half, using 1/4 cup for the doubled recipe. I also cut the cinnamon, since I only like a hint of it. Since a few reviewers talked about it being watery, I let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Once it seemed thick enough for my liking, I used the potato masher to make it smooth. Very easy and tasty recipe. You will have to adjust the sugar according to the apples and your personal preference. With the apples I used and cutting the sugar, we took a vote. Two thought the sweetness was just right and three thought it was a little sweet. However, everyone enjoyed it.

Oct 23, 2006

Very good. I scaled-up the recipes and usd 10 apples, 3/4 c sugar ut only 1 c water since I cooked it in my slow cooker on high for four hours. Delicious. I added some extra cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg for fun.

Mar 27, 2003

Awesome!! My first time making applesauce and it was delicious. I used cortland apples, and instead of sugar I added 4 packets of splenda and a little extra cinnamon. I will definitely be making this again!!

Jul 23, 2005

This is one of the first things I've tried to cook, and I don't think it came out how it was supposed to, but I think the next time I make it, it will be even more wonderful!! I used 4 small gala apples and 1 medium granny smith, added a little bit more water, and kept the peels on for added nutritional benefit. Next time I will peel them and chop up the peels into much smaller bits and add 'em in...I'll also probably cook it a few minutes longer, I think I probably let it sit on the stove for about 21-22 minutes, stirring occasionally but a few more minutes would of probably been better. I also didn't use an exact measurement on the 1/2 t of cinn. (Just kinda eye-balled it with a 1 t) and it was the perfect amount. I will probably use a tad less sugar too. Anyway... all my non-skills at cooking aside, this tastes SOOOOO good!!!! Thanks phatcat for making one of my first cooking experiences a positive one!

Oct 28, 2002

I make this exact recipe every autumn, and it never fails to impress people. It's so easy, and homemade applesauce is FAR better than the storebought!


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  • Calories
  • 121 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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