You can’t really mess up applesauce. You basically cook down apples and water until the apples are mushy, then add whatever seasoning you like. A lot of people get hung up on the type of apple to use, but I don’t think it really matters.
This is the applesauce I made recently, along with a BASIC recipe…you can also do this in the crockpot…same premise…cook the apples and water until soft and mushy.
3-5 lbs apples, peeled cored, and diced
1 cup water
brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon to taste
– Place the diced apples and cup of water in a large saucepan over medium low heat.
– Cook for 20 minutes covered, then remove the cover and stir, continuing to cook on medium-low for 45-50 minutes, or until apples begin to look like ‘applesauce’
– Close to the end of cooking, add your cinnamon and sugars. I add both brown and white sugar to mine because it makes the flavor richer; more like apple pie The amount of sugar you use will depend on how tart your apples are. You can start with 2 TBSP of each and increase from there and you should be okay. Taste until it’s what you want it to be!
– The apples will naturally make themselves into a chunky applesauce; if you want it smoother you can pulse in a food processor or use a potato masher.