Learn how to make apple sauce. It’s so easy a quick to make. With this homemade apple sauce recipe, you will have a delicious sauce that can be used in so many ways.
Use it as a dessert or breakfast topping, eat it as a sweet or use it in baking. It can even be used as a replacement for oil or butter or eggs in things like cakes and pancakes.
About This Apple Sauce Recipe
- This easy applesauce recipe can be made with any apple variety.
- This homemade applesauce can also be used as a topping for yogurts, cereal or eaten as a healthy snack.
- It’s a simple three ingredient recipe than can be used for so many things.
Apples – any variety of apple can be used.
Sugar – is to add to sweeten tart apples like granny smiths. For sweeter apples like Pink Lady little or no sugar may be needed.
Lemon or Lime juice – is added for flavour and also helps to stop the apples going brown.
Making you own applesauce is very easy. Start by peeling, coring and chopping 1 kg of apples.
Place the apples into a deep saucepan, add about ¼ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Put the lid on the pot and cook over an almost low heat until soft and tender. This can take about 20 – 25 minutes. Check and stir the sauce every now and again.
It shouldn’t dry out because it is cooking over a low heat and cooked with the lid on. However, if for some reason it looks like it’s drying out (this could be because, the heat is too high, or lid is not on properly) add a little more water.
Once it has cooked, allow it to cool slightly then mash with a fork or potato masher. You can either mash the pieces so that they don’t completely breakdown to get a sauce with texture (as you see pictured on this page) or use a stick blender or pass it through a sieve to make a fine puree.
Cool completely, place into a clean container, seal and refrigerate.
Tips And Frequently Asked Questions
• If the apple sauce is too thick after cooking, add more water to thin it out.
• If you want a sweeter apple sauce add more sugar to taste after cooking.
• If you are making apple sauce for baking, reduce the amount of sugar or don’t add any at all if you are using a sweet apple. Because, if you add sweet apple sauce to a recipe you are making, it will increase its sweetness which is something you might not want.
How long can you keep homemade apple sauce?
Homemade apple sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Can apple sauce be frozen?
Yes, it can be frozen. To freeze, place the apple sauce into freezer safe containers or bags and freeze for up to 12 months. When freezing don’t over fill containers or bags, and allow at least 3 cm of head room for expansion.
Can apple sauce be a substitute for eggs?
Yes, you can use apple sauce to replace egg in baking. Use ¼ cup of apple sauce for each egg in the recipe. However, you will find that your baked goods will be dense and heavy, if you want to lighten the texture add an extra ½ teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe to make it less dense.
Can apple sauce be a substitute for vegetable oil?
Yes, you can use apple sauce to replace all of some of the oil in a baking recipe. The ratio is usually 1:1 so if a recipe asks for ½ cup of oil you would replace it with ½ cup of apple sauce. For me, I like to replace half the oil with apple sauce so, if a recipe calls for ½ cup of oil, I will use ¼ cup oil and ¼ apple sauce.
Can you substitute apple sauce for butter in baking?
Yes, you can replace half the amount of butter with apple sauce.
Ways to Use Apple Sauce
Now that you know how to make apple sauce, you probably want to know what you can do with it.
• Unsweetened apple sauce can be used as a baby food. It was one of the first solid foods I gave to my kids, so much better than the bottled stuff.
• Apple sauce can be eaten as a healthy snack by itself.
• Serve it with Greek yogurt, custard or warm with ice cream.
• It can be used as a substitute for butter or eggs or oil in some baked goods.
• It can be used as a filling for flans, tarts or puff pastry turn overs.
• It can be put into smoothies.
• Make popsicle with homemade apple sauce.
• Use it as a topping on breakfast cereals.
• It goes very will pan fried pork chops.
Recipes That Use Apple Sauce
Feel like making something with apple sauce, try one of these easy recipes using applesauce;
- Strawberry cake with apple sauce – So soft a fluffy and delicious too!
- Easy apple galette with apple sauce – by abakingjourney.com
- Fluffy sourdough pancakes – by milkandpop.com
- Strawberry baked oatmeal – by kellyneil.com
- Applesauce drop cookies – by thewoodenspooneffect.com
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Homemade Apple Sauce
- 1 kg apples any variety
- 2 tablespoons white sugar can leave out if you want an unsweetened applesauce or using a sweet apple.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
- ¼ cup water
- Peel, core and chop the apples and rinse under cold water.
- Place the chopped apples, sugar (if using), lemon juice and water into a large saucepan with a lid. Cook covered over an almost low heat for about 25 or until the apples are soft and tender. Check and stir the sauce several times during cooking. Note: During cooking if the sauce looks like it’s drying out (this could be because, the heat is too high, or lid is not on properly) add a little more water.
- After cooking, allow the apples to cool slightly, then mash with a fork or potato masher if you want coarse apple sauce. If you would like a puree, use a stick blender, or pass it through a sieve.
- Cool completely, place into a clean container, seal and refrigerate.
- If the apple sauce is too thick after cooking, add more water to thin it out.
- If you want a sweeter apple sauce add more sugar to taste after cooking.
- If you are making apple sauce for baking, reduce the amount of sugar or don’t add any at all if you are using a sweet apple. Because, if you add sweet apple sauce to a recipe you are making, it will increase its sweetness which is something you might not want.