Homemade chunky applesauce with ground cinnamon and brown sugar is so easy you may never go back to store bought applesauce again! Apples provide their own sweetness and create such a delicious side dish that is perfect for the holiday season menu. The BEST Chunky Applesauce recipe with cinnamon and brown sugar you will eat and perfect as an apple side dish or a fresh apple topping on ice cream!
Using an apple slicer, cut apple into 8 pieces. Then peel off skins and continue to slice down apples into thinner slices. See article for image. Place all thin apple slices into sauce pan.
Add 1/4th cup water and ground cinnamon and mix well.
Heat sauce pan on medium low until mixture begins to boil, which takes just a few minutes so do not walk away from the pan.
Cover apples with lid and reduce heat to simmer.
Cook apples for about 20 minutes or until apples are mushy. Depending on how large your apples are, this could take up to 30 minutes or so.
Stir in brown sugar and mash with a potato masher to make a chunky apple sauce or vitamix blender or food processor if you would like it to be creamier
Makes 2 cups.
Can you Freeze homemade Applesauce?You can freeze homemade applesauce! Typically your fresh applesauce will last about 7-10 days in the fridge but usually there is so much left over that you do not want to waste!You can also freeze your homemade applesauce and it will keep for about 2 months in a freezer. Simply store safety and freeze and then let thaw in your fridge when you are ready to eat. Once defrosted you should eat within a few days.Can the sugar be left out of the applesauce?You can really control the sugar content of the applesauce. In this recipe, I specifically used cinnamon and brown sugar because I love the sweetness it brings to the tart of the apples. However, you could leave out the sugar if you wanted.What other spices go well in old fashioned chunky applesauce?When you make your own recipe, the world opens up on spices. This recipe uses the basics – brown sugar and cinnamon, however, you could also add nutmeg, clove, allspice or apple pie spice.How to store old fashioned rustic applesauce.Put in air tight container for 2-3 days.Should you serve applesauce warm or cold?The great thing about fresh making applesauce is eating it warm off the stove. Pour right over some vanilla ice cream and dabble with some pecans and perfection! But applesauce will keep 2-3 days in fridge and can also be reheated OR served cold.