Homemade Applesauce

Boy did we get a taste of Fall weather this weekend! Charleston almost hit a record low on Saturday for this time of year, 46 degrees! It was such a relief to not feel the disgusting heat and humidity anymore. But of course, it won’t last for long. This week we are back into the upper 70’s close to 80 degrees for during the day.  Since I was trying to enjoy the Fall weather, I wanted to make my mom’s recipe for homemade applesauce. This was one of my favorite things as a kid, and we normally ate it with dinner with pork chops. As shown in the photo, this is a chunky applesauce…not a smooth kind like Mott’s that you buy in the jar, so don’t be alarmed by the consistency and texture! What makes this applesauce so good is that it doesn’t use any water…so the flavor is very intense and not diluted!

– 4 apples, diced into small chunks (I used Red Delicious)
-1/2 cup apple juice + 1/4 cup
-1/2 cup pineapple juice
-1/2 cup dark brown sugar
-2 cinnamon sticks
– 1 teaspoon corn starch
1. In a large pot, place the diced apple pieces, pineapple juice, 1/2 cup apple juice, 2 cinnamon sticks, and brown sugar. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally.
2. In a separate pot, combine the 1/4 cup apple juice with the corn starch, bring to bubbly then add to the larger pot of applesauce. Increase heat until mixture is bubbly (about 10 minutes). Serve warm.
*Applesauce will not be consistency of a Mott’s or other applesauce.*
Source: Redbook Magazine, 1989, Mike Ditka’s Recipe

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