January 29, 2009

Homemade Applesauce


This year I have been blogging about the A-2 Farmer's Market and it was so wonderful walking there every Saturday for the weekly grocery. It is open even now, but there isn't much to choose from. I can't wait to go back. Infact, I went to the market till mid December, even when it was biting cold and snow was crunching under our boots, and Aswin joked that I was becoming a "Farmer's Market Fiend" :)

It did feel strange to walk back into a regular store to shop for the weekly groceries. One of the things I did over the summer and fall was that I bottled a lot of summer goodies. I made curry sauce, applesauce with apples from the tree we have in front of the house, jellies and even froze vegetables. Especially for times like this. So when I came home today and felt like eating something sweet after dinner, I opened a bottle of applesauce and had some with ice-cream. It made the snow we are expecting tonight (2-3 inches) easier to digest!


3- 4 lbs apples
juice from 1 lemon
1 tspoon lemon zest
2-3 sticks cinnamon
3-4 cloves
1/2 - 1 cup dark brown sugar (adjust according to your taste and you can make it with light brown or white sugar too)
1/2 tspoon salt

Cut and quarter the apples and cover them with lemon juice. I left peels on some of the apples to test the texture. Then put the apples in a large pot with the rest of the ingredients.

Bring it to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes till it gets all soft and mushy. Remove the cinnamon, cloves and adjust sugar.

Then take it in batches and mash or put it in a mixer.


Serve with ice-cream or as is :)


  1. Wow makes me drool. Love it...

  2. ive never attempted bottling or pickling or preserving in any fashion..i shud probably try..the apple sauce looks very tempting!

  3. Great minds think alike! I have made applesauce a few times now, and was meaning to post in a day or two. They are so much better than store bought, aren't they ?

  4. Beautiful texture!
    That's a smooth and light comforting dessert. My son loves it!!

  5. At last the applesauce(this is becoz I remember you mentioning about posting the recipe later).:-)
    Looks great Mandira!

  6. Looks so good, Mandira. great way to utilize the apples.
    Every year at X Mas, one of Arvind's patient makes him 2 bottles of Apple sauce, one sweet and one spicy (with cinnamon and ginger). We eat that half a year, add to bake cakes too.

    Have a fun Super Bowl Sunday! :))

  7. apple sauce!! i made apple cheese. this should be its thinner sibling! looks inviting.

  8. i have apples lying here...will make n freeze a bottle...

    First time here n love ur treasure trove of recipes. :)

  9. m officially following u..on y roll! hope tts ok:)

  10. I don't preseve anything.... I've got to change that next summer... Kudos to you for planning ahead...

  11. I used to make applesauce for my kids when they were small -- you're taking me way back! I love the color of your version. Pretty soon it'll be spring gardening time, yes? I can't wait :)

  12. My older one would have loved this

  13. Looks divine. All I get at the Farmer's market is home made carrot cake and cheese crepes!!

  14. This would be great as a sub for eggs in baking, love the colour!

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  16. Wow never made applesauce at home..

  17. Interesting blog. I was checking to see if anyone else has put up the recipe for Mangalore buns and came across your site. Love the pics.

  18. Yummy, home made apple sauce, once i steamed some apples in the microwave, and they melted so softly.. wanted to ask you, how long does this apple sauce last if kept in the refrigerator.

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  19. My father is a huge fan of applesauce and I always try to make it for him whenever we see my parents. He has yet to be fully blown away by any of the recipes i've tried. Simplicity is key, and yours looks perfect! Can't wait to try it. thank you for shearing your post.

  20. lovely snaps... and wonderfully done recipe.

  21. Anonymous5:21 PM

    This recipe looks weird, in fact my husband made it at home and was terrible, so instead of making this we prefer to visit Viagra Online


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