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Homemade Chunky Applesauce

We love this homemade chunky applesauce made with three different apples and cooked with a cinnamon stick and lots of love. Make it as chunky (or as smooth) as you like.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce is a fall season MUST for us! I enjoy it for breakfast, snack, and a dinner side! Make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce Recipe. Serves perfectly with pork chops or as a warn topping on vanilla ice cream.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce

Fall is just around the corner. Summer is winding down. The kids are back in school. I can open the windows up and turn the A/C off. Sleep with the windows open. Enjoy fresh, ripe apples from our neighboring farms. Life is good. Apples are cheap again and they are overflowing at the farmers markets. I’m lucky that I live in the Shenandoah Valley where apples are abundant. In fact, the property that my community is built on was all apple orchards. There’s the local Apple Blossom Festival and even Musselman (of Musselman’s applesauce) was started here. This area is full of apple orchards and that makes it good for me. Every fall I make this homemade chunky applesauce several times. I serve it with pork chops, enjoy it for breakfast, or warm it up and spoon it over vanilla ice cream.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce is a fall season MUST for us! I enjoy it for breakfast, snack, and a dinner side! Make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.

 

Homemade chunky applesauce is perfect to eat for a midday snack.

The farmer’s market is filled with apples and there are several farms that invite you to come and pick your own. I’m thinking I’ll have to get out to a local farm after morning school drop off… I had no idea before moving to West Virginia that this was apple country. It’s a good thing our family loves apples. My daughter could easily eat 2 to 3 apples a day if I let her.

For this recipe I used three different types of apples – one huge Granny Smith, a few Gala, and a few McIntosh apples. It’s best to use a variety of apples for varied sweetness and crispness. You can make this applesauce as chunky or as smooth as you like.  If you are making this in preparation for the cake, then set aside 1 cup of it chunky before making the rest smooth.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce Recipe. Serves perfectly with pork chops or as a warn topping on vanilla ice cream.

This recipe is part one of a three part series including Spiced Applesauce Cake and Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting.

Enjoy an Applesauce Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting! It starts with homemade chunky applesauce and a spiced apple cake. We loved it!

Yield: 4 cups

Homemade Chunky Applesauce

Homemade Chunky Applesauce Recipe. Serves perfectly with pork chops or as a warn topping on vanilla ice cream.

This Chunky Applesauce is best served warm and can be enjoyed at any meal.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples (use a variety. I used Gala, Granny Apple, and Macintosh)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup sugar or 6 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

    1. Peel, core and slice apples into 1 to 2 inch slices.
    2. Add apples, apple juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick into a large pot and cook over low heat until tender but not mushy. I was able to cut an apple with some force using a spatula.
    3. Add in sugar or honey and stir until dissolved and add in spices. Discard cinnamon stick.
    4. Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to get the desired chunky consistency. If you want a smooth sauce, use a food processor or manually mash and then press through a coarse sieve.
    5. I liked it best served warm. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 4gSugar: 47gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Friday 2nd of January 2015

I am looking for the caramel frosting for the Apple Spice Cake and am having a terrible time navigating your website. It just wants to take my iPad in circles from the picture of the finished cake back to pictures of the finished cake. I have found the cake recipe and the chunky applesauce recipe. However the caramel frosting seems lost. Is there a way to get a copy? Is there an app for the site I should be using? I really want to try this cake for my sister's and my birthday next week. Many thanks, PLT

Karyn Granrud

Friday 2nd of January 2015

Hi there - the recipe for the frosting can be found at http://dietersdownfall.com/apple-and-caramel-spice-cake/ Caramel Frosting 2 cups dark brown sugar 1 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 - 3 cups powdered sugar Planters Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Edith Bice

Friday 7th of November 2014

Hey, I made this recipe last year and loved it. Now there is no recipe, only the picture. Can you post the instructions for the chunky applesauce?

Karyn Granrud

Friday 7th of November 2014

So sorry - I was in the process of switching my recipe display over. It's back up and working now. Try again.

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