I love our neighborhood this time of year. All the homes look so festive adorned with pumpkins and fall wreaths. Kids are running up and down the sidewalk trying to soak in the last bit of sunshine before the winter. And come Friday we will have oodles of little trick-or-treaters.
This year we had a bunch of neighbors share all sorts of homegrown produce with us - zuchinni, squash, tomatoes, jalapeños, and two bags full of apples!
My girls eat applesauce like there is no tomorrow so I decided a homemade batch would be the perfect way to use all those apples!
Homemade Naturally Sweet Applesauce
Recipe from: Shannon, ikneadtobake
Yield: about 2 quarts
4 lbs apples, chopped, peeled and cored
3/4 c high quality apple juice (100% juice)
juice of 1/2 lemon
Directions: Place all four pounds of peeled, chopped apples, apple juice, and lemon juice in a large pot. Cover and simmer until apples are cooked through - about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Place cooked apples and liquid in a blender or food processor and pulse until you have achieved desired consistency.
Process in a water bath to make applesauce shelf stable, or divide into containers and keep in the fridge.