Homemade applesauce signals the coming of fall in our house. The scent of baking apples and cinnamon wafting through our kitchen is a perfect seasonal match with the crisp air and colorful leaves of autumn.
In my prior post on seasonal fruit, I explained how we try to reserve fruit for certain seasons to keep it exciting. Homemade applesauce is a fruit dish I save for fall. I just made my first batch of applesauce this season, and I’m loving the family fanfare it caused. Ta-da! Homemade applesauce is back! Given how quick and easy it is to prepare, I feel somewhat undeserving of the praise, but I’m happy it makes such a grand entrance each year.
Homemade Applesauce Anytime
I make a weekly batch of homemade applesauce between October and December, mixing and matching different varieties of apples and playing with the spices. It’s a regular fall feature of June’s school lunch, and I relish its easy-pack nature. Our family loves the applesauce (warm or cool) served atop weekend waffles or pancakes.
It’s a dish that seems to fit in anywhere: a quick snack, a little sweet something at the end of a meal, or as a topping on oatmeal. Keep the peels on (time saver!), and you retain more fiber. By leaving the peels on, you can increase the fiber of applesauce from about 3g to 6g per cup!
Pick Your Own
Homemade applesauce is especially welcome as the fresh fruit selection narrows in fall. An extra bonus is making it from apples we’ve picked ourselves. An abundance of self-picked, fresh, crispy apples inspires me to make jumbo batches of sauce, which can be frozen for future enjoyment. Homemade applesauce also makes a welcome dish for fall picnics or other gatherings.
For those of you who already make homemade applesauce, you know how easy this is. The picture below is my neighbor’s freshly made applesauce. We shared with each other how much we relish its simplicity and scrumptiousness.
For those of you who haven’t yet made it a fall ritual, I encourage you to give it a try. The only effort required is chopping apples. That’s it! After that, you just add a little water and cinnamon, and you’ll have your applesauce within 30 minutes. It’s very forgiving, lots of room for error.
After you follow a recipe a few times, you really don’t need one again. Just chop any amount of apples, add a bit of water, and you’re set. You’ll be surprised at how much joy this simple dish can bring!