Y’all, it’s apple season and I am here for it! Last week, I took two days off from my office job for no particular reason – I like to think of them as planned mental health days. I ended up going to an apple orchard with my cousin and her two girls. We had a great time picking apples and left with arms full of all the things – apples, apple cider, cider donuts (I declare fresh cider donuts 100% worth it and they were delicious).
I ended up buying a basket of honey crisp apples on top of the ones that we had picked because I’ve been a little obsessed with honey crisp apples recently. They have the perfect balance of sweet and tart and have been my favorite snack. There’s no way I was going to eat 8 pounds of apples before they go bad, and I didn’t really want/need a ton of baked goods in the house, so I decided to make applesauce with the apples that we had picked.
Of course when I went to make the applesauce, I was out of ground cinnamon. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I decided to use pumpkin pie spice; it has cinnamon in it and I figured the other spices would go well with the apples. I was right. So the lesson here is that while not everything should be pumpkin spice flavored, your applesauce should absolutely have pumpkin pie spice in it. I promise, it won’t taste anything like pumpkin. 🙂Print Recipe
- 4 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 cup apple cider (fresh cider should only have 1 ingredient: apples)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbl pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Add all of the ingredients to a cast iron dutch oven or heavy bottomed stock pot and stir to coat all of the apples in the spices.
- Bring to a boil on high heat. Cover and reduce to a simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally, until the apples have broken down.
- Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon sticks, and let it cool before transferring to glass storage containers.
- Store in the refrigerator for approximately 1- 2 weeks. (there are no preservatives in this so it won’t last as long as store bought applesauce)
- If you prefer a less chunky sauce, you can use a stick blender to smooth out any remaining apple chunks.