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Homemade Applesauce

DSC_4643_2There is this teeny tiny town about an hour outside of San Diego called Julian, and it is known for apples. Of all the things to be known for, I think that apples might be one of the best. I went there last weekend to do some apple picking in their orchards and to check out the cutesy shops, and I absolutely loved it! Every single restaurant sells amazing apple pie, and they’ve got stores full of different kinds of jams, ciders, apple butter, and pretty much anything else Fall-related and delicious that you can think of. Just LOOK at this apple pie!
DSC_4518_2They’ve also got a couple of little spots where you can go wine tasting, cute antique shops, several orchards for apple picking, and I hear that you can also pick pears there. It is well worth checking out, and if there is anywhere near you where you can go to pick apples, I would highly recommend it.

These apples are really small, but they are so fresh and delicious. I spent most of the week trying to decide what to make with them and ended up just going with classic apple sauce. My mom pointed out that you can make a lot of things from applesauce (cakes, etc.) so it’s a great place to start! I looked at a few different recipes, but the ones that appealed the most to me involved using a dutch oven or other cast iron pot to cook the apples in the oven. I decided to use that technique with my own recipe, and I ended up with some pretty darn delicious chunky applesauce if I do say so myself.
DSC_4541_2Homemade Applesauce
2-3 lbs apples (I used a mixture of Crispin and Honeycrisp apples)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Peel, core and chop up the apples into about 1-inch chunks. Place them in a large Dutch oven, cast iron pot or other type of oven-proof pot. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

Cover, and bake in the oven for 1 hour (or until apples are soft). Remove from the oven and use a potato masher to make chunky applesauce. If you don’t like chunky applesauce, just run it through a blender or food processor.

Serve with a cinnamon stick!
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Homemade Applesauce
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Ingredients
  • 2-3 lbs apples (I used a mixture of granny smith and fuji apples)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel, core and chop up the apples into about 1-inch chunks. Place them in a large Dutch oven, cast iron pot or other type of oven-proof pot. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Cover, and bake in the oven for 1 hour (or until apples are soft). Remove from the oven and use a potato masher to make chunky applesauce. If you don't like chunky applesauce, just run it through a blender or food processor.
  4. Serve with a cinnamon stick!

 

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