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Chunky Applesauce

There's just something extra special about a homemade applesauce recipe like this one. This simple dish is tart and not too sweet. It makes the perfect side, especially with pork chops or a pork roast. —Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, combine apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Mash apples slightly if desired. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 157 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • vikmurphy
    Sep 13, 2019

    Can this be canned?

  • Appy_Girl
    Nov 15, 2018

    No excuses not to make fresh. This recipe is outstanding. It literally is done in no time at all. I used Gala Apples and I added about a 1/2 cup of apple juice to the pot. I also left out the vanilla. The smell of the simmering apples fills the room with a most wonderful smell . Cooked it low and very slowly. It was so good. A must make in my opinion. TOH VFE

  • KEVANNA
    Jan 14, 2018

    YUMMY, CHUNKY APPLESAUCE, I ADD CREAM CHEESE, SMALL AMOUNT. I MADE TARTS, OUT OF THIS RECIPE. I COOK THESE IN MY NEW, POWER AIR FRYER OVEN. COOK ON !!

  • wendylee84
    Sep 18, 2017

    Love homemade applesauce.

  • Nancy
    May 10, 2017

    I haven't used store-bought applesauce in years. We have a Gravenstein tree in our front yard; when that's not in season, I use Honey Crisp or Granny Smith--we like it fairly tart. Love the vanilla, and I also throw in a pat of butter and a bit of apple juice (makes it smoother) and a teaspoon or so of apple brandy or apple schnapps. But I've never tried brown sugar, only white sugar, and will definitely do so next batch.

  • pajamaangel
    Feb 14, 2017

    Great flavor! It was quite sweet so I may cut back on either the vanilla or use less brown sugar.

  • PageRD
    Oct 16, 2016

    This was delicious and made my home smell wonderful while it was cooking! I thought the vanilla was a little overwhelming so I would probably cut this down or leave it out next time.

  • cmfogs
    Nov 22, 2015

    So good and easy. Easily the best homemade applesauce I've made.

  • LeslieH
    Feb 8, 2015

    Love, love, love the addition of the vanilla. I would never have thought about putting vanilla in applesauce, but it just adds that something special.

  • pvisaya
    Nov 3, 2013

    Best applesauce ever! I agree with the previous reviewer that the vanilla gives it an extra special flavor. My apples were sweet, so I added lemon juice and cut back on the sugar. Yum!