So, applesauce pouches are pretty inexpensive and convenient too. BUT I still prefer to make applesauce at home for my little guy. Nothing beats the homey scent that wafts through the house with a fresh pot of piping hot applesauce simmering on the stove. I love the memories it creates when my son asks for “mommy’s applesauce” and I am able to crank out a small batch, on the fly, using pantry ingredients while he watches and assists from his step-stool. Though not as easy as grabbing a pouch from the store shelf, the recipe is still quite easy, nonetheless. And it is delicious, he devours it every time!
This simple recipe is meant to be consumed warm. With its chunky texture and cozy butteriness, it is probably closer to a bowl of hot apple pie filling than traditional applesauce. Yum!
Homemade Stovetop Applesauce
Serves 4 | Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min
5 apples (sweet varieties like Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp…)
5 tbsp butter (cut up)
1 tbsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 tsp honey
1. Peel, core and cut apples into wedges.
(Note: an apple slicer speeds up this step. Peeling is optional based on preference. My little guy prefers that I peel them. I personally do not mind the skin… plus it’s easy to pick it out once cooked down)
2. Add butter, apple wedges, cinnamon and salt (+ cinnamon stick, if chosen) to cast iron Dutch oven or regular sauce pot over medium to low heat.
(Note: a slow cooker would probably be fine too, just cook until fork tender)
3. Mix and cover with lid. Stir occasionally. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until you can easily mash with spoon.
(Note: The apples will naturally make their own juice but if you cook for too long or stir too often it will evaporate.)
That is it! Remove from heat and serve hot. Enjoy!
***If adding honey you can mix it in, once done cooking. But I recommend tasting first.
***If there are leftovers I stick them in a jar for later. Keeps for about a week in the fridge. I also like mixing this applesauce into my morning oatmeal with a little honey and a splash of vanilla.