Chunky Autumn Applesauce

chunky autumn applesauce

We live in apple country and in autumn, amazing apples are everywhere. We eat them in many different ways, though raw is our favorite. I am hoping to give apples a little bit more attention this year than last so it starts today — applesauce is one of our favorites!

This is a quick and easy way to make applesauce in smaller batches, so you can enjoy it fresh. It is kinda like a chunky salsa, so we eat it like a condiment — with potato pancakes, on toast, and so on.

We used apples from our neighborhood farmers’ market, but we are also planning to visit a u-pick farm sometime soon 🙂

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I used:
3 peeled and diced, medium-sized apples
1.5 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
1 whole clove
4 leaves fresh applemint (what I had fresh in my garden, but use any mint)

My Method:
1. Peel and chop the apples, then let them sit in the water and lime juice for 5 minutes.
2. Cook the mixture along with all other ingredients except sugar over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then let it simmer until almost all the water evaporates.
3. Add the sugar when there is still some water left, then stir and cook for a few more minutes.
4. Take it off the heat and remove all the clove, cinnamon, and mint. Serve right away. If not eating right away, let it cool down a bit then store in a sterilized jar.