Earlier this year, I made my first batch of homemade apple sauce following a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. After that, I began experimenting with my own recipe, using hers as a base.
So to start....I gathered my apples. I use about 8 of them and I don't use just one kind. I find that mixing a sweet apple (like a gala) with a sour apple, makes an applesauce that I enjoy best.
I then peel the apples and cut them up into small pieces. I like to get as much apple meat as possible, and I also like to leave just the tiniest bit of skin on the apples for a bite. I throw all my apples into a pot on the stove.
Then, I add some flavor. I know a lot of people use a lemon, but me I find it is sweeter to use orange juice. So my apple sauce isn't too sweet, I squeeze half of the juice from a lemon and half of the juice from an orange. I also use 1/2 cup of apple cider and 1/4 cup of water for my liquid base.
I put it on the stove, and let it come to a boil.It makes the house smell great!
After the juices all blend together, and the apples are soft and tender, I take it off of heat. I then use a food processor and blend it all together.
And the last thing I do is enjoy it!