Everyone claims to have the BEST recipe for homemade applesauce but we say, the best is up to you! Use our base and then get creative to make your own unique creation.
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- Approx. 4 pounds of Ontario apples (one medium apple is about half a pound, so this roughly equals 8 apples). Apples that are great in a sauce include Ontario grown McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious – but use the varieties you like best to test it out! Use one or several varieties together to experiment too.
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup water
- Wash, peel and core apples. Cut into small pieces, about 2cm square.
- Add to large pot, with lemon juice and water.
- Feel free to add optional ingredients to the pot too. Examples include spices like cinnamon and/or cloves (1/2 tsp to 1 tbsp, to suit your taste), sweeteners like brown sugar, white sugar or maple syrup and you can even change the lemon juice for orange juice. Some other ideas include adding strips of citrus zest to the cooking process too to amp up that flavour.
- Cook the apples over medium heat, stirring occasionally, especially early on when the apples haven’t yet stated to soften. Cover as needed to capture steam, to prevent the sauce from getting to dry early on, but let simmer uncovered for the most of 15 to 20 minutes.
- You know you are done when there is very little liquid left in the pot and the apples are soft when pressed with a fork.
- Remove from heat and crush with a potato masher for chunky sauce, or puree in a blender for a smooth sauce.
- Enjoy warm or cold. Store in an air-tight container for 3 days.
Serve this on its own or enjoy on oatmeal, French toast or pancakes, with yogurt, ice cream, or custard. The possibilities are endless!
We’re celebrating Ontario apples and made this recipe featuring some of our favourite local varieties. Get inspired!