What's your go-to recipe when you have an overload of apples to use up?! I look forward to collecting apples in the fall just so I can make this tasty, chunky applesauce! It's the easiest, most delicious way to use up all those apples you picked at the orchard! All you have to do is peel and chop 10 apples, cook them in a pot with some sugar and cinnamon, and then it's ready to devour - hot or cold!
For more flavor and textures, I recommend using a variety of apples. This year I made a batch with Ida Red, Jonathan, McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp apples, and it was amazing! If you don't like chunky applesauce, you can easily mash the apples up to be smooth.
Tips & Storage:
- Use a variety of apples for more flavors and textures.
- Gently stir the applesauce every 5-10 minutes while it's simmering to prevent it from getting too mushy.
- If you don't like the apple chunks, you can mash them while it's simmering for a smoother sauce.
- Start with adding less brown sugar, and then add more about halfway through cooking if it's still too tart. The sweetness can vary based on the apples you use.
- Top with extra cinnamon, or leave it out completely if you don't like it!
- Serve warm or cold, whichever you prefer!
- Store cooled applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
- Or, store in the freezer for up to 9 months.
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The Best Chunky Applesauce
- Large pot with lid
- 10 apples peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup water
- ½-¾ cup* light brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick optional (ground cinnamon works too)
- Wash, peel, and chop 10 apples into 1" pieces. I like to use a variety of apples so their flavors and textures mix.
- Put the apples and cinnamon stick into a large pot. Sprinkle the water and brown sugar* over the top and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- With your burner on low heat, cook the apples for 30 minutes with the lid off, and then another 30 with the lid on, stirring frequently. If you prefer your applesauce to be softer/harder, cook for more/less time.