Homemade applesauce is probably one of the first recipes I ever learned how to make. We always had an apple side dish to complement pork tenderloin or pork roasts, and this recipe has been my go-to recipe for many years.
I like to keep Royal Gala apples in my crisper for snacking, so I usually have them on hand, but other suggestions may include Cortland, McIntosh, Empire and Honeycrisp.
This is not a large batch recipe; it has four ingredients combined with two or three apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and some butter or a plant-based butter substitute. I like this applesauce to be quite chunky, but you can also puree or mash it if you prefer a smoother consistency.
If I am serving with a baked pork tenderloin, I bake at the same time for about 30 minutes and serve it warm.
Homemade Apple Sauce
- 2 or 3 Apples pealed, cored and diced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp brown sugar - or to taste
- 1 tbsp butter or plant-based butter diced
- Preheat over to 350 degrees.
- Peel the apples, remove the core, and dice into small pieces.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar onto the apples and toss with your hands until the apples are evenly covered.
- Add taps of butter on top of the apples. Cover with foil and pop into the oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, remove foil, then put back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until apples mash easily with a fork.
- Mash to desired consistency and serve warm.