Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

It’s finally here. Time to admit that fall has arrived. I can’t possibly continue to be stubborn about this any longer. The days are cooling down, pumpkin spice latte’s are calling my name, and we went apple picking. Apple picking is NOT a summer activity. So I’m caving. And this non-coffee-drinking-girl is going to get a pumpkin spice latte ASAP!

Making your own applesauce is really simple. Hubby and I don’t eat applesauce except during the fall when I make huge batches on the weekends. I usually make cranberry applesauce because I love the combination of apples and cranberries. But this year I wanted to try out a new recipe. This applesauce is very cinnamony and delicious. And I made it extra thick! I love eating it warm. Makes me think of apple pie. Especially when you top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

While I’m talking about apples, do you have one of these apple peeler, corer, slicer things? They’re AWESOME. It’s one of two uni-tasker we allow in the Beantown Baker kitchen (the other is the garlic press). Hubby really enjoys using this contraption partially because it’s fun to use and partially because he knows he’ll get more apple goodies if he helps out. If you have one in the back of your cabinet collecting dust, I recommend pulling it out while it’s apple season!

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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Yield: Makes ~3 cups

Ingredients:

6 apples, peeled and cored
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup water

Directions:

Cut the apples into large chunks and put them in a heavy pot over medium heat; add the brown sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon and water.

Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low.

Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the apples are extremely soft and mushy.

Using a potato masher or fork, mash the apples together until you have an applesauce-like consistency.

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14 Responses to “Blueberry Pie Bars”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I just love blueberries and your bars look simply incredible!!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — August 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    These bars are so awesome!! Gorgeous!

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    Shannon — August 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

    holy cow these look fabulous! i need more blueberries in my life, and quick- i’m already onto peaches so hoping i didn’t miss out 🙂

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    Lynna — August 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

    These pie bars look amazing! I`m wishing I had blueberries right now!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love pie bars!! They look so delicious 🙂 I am loving this recipe!

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    Laura — August 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Yum these are gorgeous. Love the changes you made.

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    suzy — September 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Tried it, tasted awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — September 26th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Lauren — October 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Made these and my family ate them in one day! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — October 6th, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed these. I have made them a couple times with different fruits and they’re always a hit.

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    Robin — April 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Made these this past weekend using blueberries and blackberries in equal parts. I love the ease of the crumb crust and top. The only thing I will change when I make them again will be to add lemon juice and zest to the filling. I like the tartness of lemon with blueberries. Will make these with peaches when they are in season. Easy and tasty…thanks!

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      I’ve made these with peaches and they’re delicious – definitely do that this summer.

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    Eugenie — July 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Tried these today because I needed to clear out some frozen blueberries. Used a small rectangle Pyrex dish instead, which worked fine. Added a bit of fresh grated nutmeg. Cut into 12 squares and served with ice cream. This is a keeper!

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

      Love fresh nutmeg! Sounds great.

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