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Homemade Applesauce + A Hanukkah Giveaway

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!

Homemade Applesauce- 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! passthechallah.com

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.

Homemade Applesauce- 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! passthechallah.com

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.

Homemade Applesauce- 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! passthechallah.comHomemade Applesauce- 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! passthechallah.comQuick 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!

A Dutch Oven Giveaway! Several ways to enter to win a new Tramontina Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Giveaway ends Monday, Dec. 14th. Hurry over to passthechallah.com to enter!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!

The Rafflecopter entry form should load right here —>

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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.

4.9 from 7 reviews
Homemade Applesauce
 
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine apples, water, and sugar in a 3 quart sauce pan
  2. Cook uncovered over medium heat for around 30 minutes or until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally and smashing apples
  3. Add additional water if needed to thin the applesauce
  4. Stir in lemon juice and salt
  5. Add additional sugar to taste

Good luck and Happy Hanukkah! Enjoy!

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  • Cynthia C December 9, 2015, 7:42 am

    Everybody in my family likes the cranberry salad I make for holidays.

  • Debbi Wellenstein December 9, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I can’t wait to make my Dutch apple pie!

  • Kimberly Frazee December 9, 2015, 2:39 pm

    Cheesy Potatoes homemade and baked in the oven would be the first thing Id cook lol. Ive had a a hankering for them for quite awhile.

  • Lilia Kharabora December 9, 2015, 3:49 pm

    We are from Ukraine. Red beautiful Borsh. :)

  • Janice Dean December 9, 2015, 4:04 pm

    I bake cheesecake every year.

  • Ty December 9, 2015, 4:22 pm

    We are all about pies so I will be making a sweet potato pie for the holidays. It is one of my favorites.

  • Heather McDonald December 9, 2015, 5:47 pm

    I am most excited to make my great aunt’s corn casserole!

  • Stacey Roberson December 9, 2015, 6:33 pm

    I can’t wait to make my yummy sweet potato casserole.

  • andrea amy December 10, 2015, 1:55 am

    cranberry bbq meatballs in the slow cooker

  • Julie Bolduc December 10, 2015, 6:55 am

    I make a mad potato salad

  • suzanne December 10, 2015, 7:15 am

    My favorite family recipe is Ma Perkins cake. We always have it at family get togethers, especially holidays.

  • Karen Giasson December 10, 2015, 8:53 am

    My family likes to try different meatball recipes for the holidays. This New Years we will be making chinese style meatballs.

  • Michelle Elizondo December 10, 2015, 8:53 am

    Love to make casseroles.

  • christina moore December 10, 2015, 10:29 am

    The cranberry salad would be great for Christmas dinner

  • Gabrielly December 10, 2015, 10:58 am

    I’m excited about making pumpkin pie.

  • Amie George December 10, 2015, 2:20 pm

    My kids are very excited for me to make my oyster stuffing.

  • Amie George December 10, 2015, 2:20 pm

    My kids are very excited for me to make my oyster stuffing.

  • anna key December 10, 2015, 4:03 pm

    I’m most excited to make stamppot which is made with mashed carrots and potatoes with some onions as well.

  • Lisa Williams December 10, 2015, 5:40 pm

    I always make the home made dressing and turkey gravy.

  • Sandra L Hying McFadden December 10, 2015, 7:51 pm

    I would have to say my double decker fudge recipe.

  • Danielle Magee December 10, 2015, 9:10 pm

    I love to make my family’s sugar cookies.

  • c.m December 10, 2015, 11:05 pm

    i am excited about the corn casserole.

  • Stephanie LaPlante December 11, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Perogies and cabbage rolls

  • Francine December 11, 2015, 7:29 pm

    my latkes

  • Dorothy Boucher December 12, 2015, 3:53 pm

    I love making my cranberry stuffing .. I add a little bit extra onion,celery you can add meat but I don’t..I like adding a spoonful of the dressing in bread batter, and bake them for about 15 minutes and then add them into a pan (which would be wonderful if I had a dutch oven) with your gravy, meat or not meat, and peas , carrots, 4 chopped potatoes and half cup of rice, I prefer brown rice and a bit of water and let it slow cook in the over for about an hour or so.. so yummy!!!
    @tisonlyme143

  • Tracy Pryor December 12, 2015, 4:37 pm

    I can’t wait to make sweet potato casserole.

  • Margot C December 12, 2015, 4:53 pm

    I like to make baked apples with walnuts like my mother did on the holidays. We often had this with ice cream instead of pies.

  • Charles-Linda Bradshaw December 13, 2015, 12:59 am

    I am looking forward to making meatballs. My sister, dad, and I are all competing on our meatballs this year. Looking forward to it.

  • Helena December 13, 2015, 12:52 pm

    4 cheese cassserole

  • Gina Hester December 13, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I make pumpkin rolls that are pretty famous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Theresa C. December 13, 2015, 5:58 pm

    I’m excited to make my sausage stuffing!

  • Lushka Smith December 13, 2015, 11:17 pm

    I’m excited to make nalysnysky

  • Lisa Davis December 14, 2015, 1:42 am

    I make the stuffing every year.

  • Gloria Winbush December 14, 2015, 5:18 am

    My Grandmas Mac & Cheese!

  • Bree December 14, 2015, 11:04 am

    My cheesecake!

  • Laurana H December 14, 2015, 11:06 am

    It’s not a family recipe, but I enjoy making Black Forest Pie for the holidays.

  • joni taylor December 14, 2015, 12:15 pm

    I am most excited about making my grandmother’s dressing

  • Kimberly B December 14, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Stuffing – my family loves a good home made stuffing. I use the same recipe every year but change it up a bit by adding something different like cranberries or sausage or apples etc.

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