A simple recipe for delicious applesauce, and easy enough for little ones to help.
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
1 dozen apples
3/4 cup water
Cinnamon to taste (I used about 1 tsp)
1. Core and peel your apples. We also cut ours in half even after using the apple corer, thinner slices = less cooking time.
2. Put apples in a large pot and pour in the water. The water should definitely *not* cover the apples, just add enough to cover the bottom of your pot. Your apples will cook down and add more water after simmering.
3. Simmer on medium low for approx. 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Once apples are mashable (check with a fork), put them in a blender or food processor. I blended about a cup at a time. I used the ice crusher/pulse button on my blender, then used the liquefy button after they were sufficiently chopped up. My mom mashes hers with a potato masher; I like mine smoother. (Add more of the water from the pot to make your sauce runnier, less to make it thicker.)
5. Cool and eat.
Yields 12-15 cups of applesauce.
It also freezes well, so make a double batch and put half in the freezer for later.