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Applesauce is totally for adults, right?
I consumed copious amounts of applesauce as a child, and for some reason, I forget about it as an adult. Maybe it’s because my mom doesn’t pack my lunch with tiny applesauce cups anymore (thanks mom) or because whenever I think about making it from scratch, it seems like such a big project.
But the truth is, homemade applesauce can be extremely simple to make, and so much more delicious than those tiny little cups (sorry mom). I use the Instant Pot – this one: 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Instant Pot – to make my applesauce because it’s ready in just over 12 minutes. I repeat, homemade applesauce in 12 MINUTES! It takes a couple of minutes to get the Instant Pot going on the pressure cooker setting, and a few minutes to rest at the end before you can open it, but you get what I’m saying. Usually it takes hours to make homemade applesauce.
The other cool thing: I don’t peel my apples. There might be some grandmas or other home cooks cringing right now, but I just can’t help it. The dietitian in me is always screaming for more fiber, and leaving the skins on is one way, plus it gives the applesauce a nice texture and saves a bunch of time when prepping. Now all you have to do is dice up your favorite crisp apples and throw ’em in the pot.
I also use pears in this recipe (although you could swap them out for more apples) just to give it an additional flavor profile and texture. Plus, I just feel bad for pears because they’re DELICIOUS but totally underutilized in cooking.
And as if this recipe isn’t easy enough, I have one more thing to add. There are only a handful of ingredients to make this applesauce: apples, pears, water, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract and salt. I’m gonna go ahead and guess you have almost all of those items at home. YES! And! There are directions in the recipe for making this in the Instant Pot, slow cooker/crock pot or on the stove top (and how to can it if you wish to do so).
There are literally no excuses for not making this applesauce!
I will be posting more delicious recipes before Christmas, but if I still want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Enjoy this last, chaotic week before the big day. 🙂
- 4 honey crisp apples, skin-on, diced
- 4 Bartlett pears, skin-on, diced
- ¾ cup water
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Pinch coarse salt
- Place apples, pears, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in the bowl of the Instant Pot and secure the lid on sealing. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 12 minutes. Once it beeps, let it sit about 10 minutes, until pressure seal opens. Remove the lid.
- Use an immersion blender to blend about half of the applesauce, so it resembles chunky applesauce. Place in containers, let cool, then refrigerate.
- *To make in the slow cooker: Place all ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Proceed to step 2.
- *To make on the stove: Place all ingredients in a stock pot or large saucepan. Simmer for 45-60 minutes, until apples and pears are soft. Proceed to step 2.
- *To can applesauce: Wash, then boil jars and lids for 10 minutes. Fill with applesauce, then seal and fit with the lid. Boil filled and sealed jar for 10 minutes. Be sure lids pop, then store in the pantry for up to 1 year.
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