- 7 medium McIntosh, Empire or other apples (about 3 pounds)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
- Peel, core and cut each apple into eight wedges. Cut each wedge crosswise in half; place in a large saucepan. Add remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Yield: 5 cups.
Reviews for Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce
"Super easy, love the flavor. Added a touch of cinnamon also."
"This deserves it's name "easy!" I have made this several times and there is no doubt that this is far more delicious than the store-bought kind. I did have to cook the apples several minutes longer than the recipe calls for. The first time I made it, I used vanilla extract and felt that it added a very odd flavor. Perhaps the almond would be better, but I actually think it's great without anything else added. I'm sure a bit of cinnamon would be very good, though. This is so fast and easy to make that I won't be buying much applesauce at the grocery store anymore."
"Delish! My apples had to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes to get to the right consistency. Very good. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon at the end but not much needed as the vanilla added an interesting flavor."