An easy and delicious recipe for homemade applesauce. Made with just apples, lemon juice, and sugar, and it comes together so quickly. You’ll never eat store bought applesauce again!
Happy Hanukkah everybody! Yup, it’s those miraculous 8 days a year where something magical really is in the air. And no, I’m not talking about the lingering smell of oil in your house from frying latkes, or sufganiyot, or whatever else you are frying up this week (although that is definitely in the air too). I’m talking about the sense of happiness and family that Hanukkah brings.
So to add to the Hanukkah blissfulness, I’m giving away a new Tramontina Dutch Oven (YAY!) and sharing my family’s homemade applesauce recipe. But before I tell you about how you can win my favorite dutch oven that I love so much (so much so that I included it on my list of 10 Kitchen Gifts for the Home Cook Who Has Everything), I can’t help but jabber a little bit about how amazing our applesauce is.
This is hands down the best homemade applesauce out there. Usually I’m a pretty modest person when it comes to calling myself the best, but my family has really nailed it on this one. It’s perfectly golden, sweet yet slightly tart, rich yet bright and fresh, and full of pure apple flavor that you can only get from the homemade stuff.
Besides being insanely delicious, to me the applesauce tastes like Hanukkah. My mom always makes a big batch of applesauce this time of year– to eat on our potato pancakes of course! And every year as we are enjoying it on top of latkes, and for breakfast, and for dessert, and for a midnight snack, my mom always comments that it’s so delicious and SO easy that’s it’s crazy we don’t make it more often. I agree Mom, it is crazy.
Quick Tip: When peeling and coring the apples, I use the new KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment. It’s a miracle worker! It peels, cores, and slices the apples all at one time. This will definitely save you time prepping those apples, which is the only real effort needed to make this recipe.
Besides prepping the apples, the applesauce practically makes itself. You add the apples, sugar, and water to a large pot, and before you know it you have applesauce. For a large pot I used my Tramontina Dutch Oven, which is what I’m giving away today!
Here’s what you need to know to win:
Who: Residents of USA & Canada, 18 years and older
What: Tramontina 6.5 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
When: Monday, December 7th to Monday, December 14th at 11:00 PM Central
Where: Enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below
Why: Because it’s Hanukkah!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway for a Tramontina 6.5 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is open until Monday, December 14th at 11:00 PM Central. The giveway is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. I will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
- 8 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼ inch slices
- 1½ cups water
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- Combine apples, water, and sugar in a 3 quart sauce pan
- Cook uncovered over medium heat for around 30 minutes or until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally and smashing apples
- Add additional water if needed to thin the applesauce
- Stir in lemon juice and salt
- Add additional sugar to taste
Good luck and Happy Hanukkah! Enjoy!