Sundays Made Simple: Chunky Apple Sauce


This recipe was shared with me by a dear friend after she learned that we had a successful apple picking adventure. It's simple, straightforward and deliciously Fall. Thank you Desa!

I asked my kids to participate with me but they were more interested in the finished product but the house smelled AMAZING! Olivia actually tried to eat a cinnamon stick so there was a learning squeezed in there as well. Kids! Try it for yourself and let me know what you think. The aroma alone is worth it!

Chunky Apple Sauce


6 lbs.of large tart apples (about 14)

1/8 teaspoon ground clove

1 cup cold water

4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches long, broken in half)

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon


Pare and core the apples, and then cut them into 1 inch chunks

In a large stainless steel or enameled stockpot, bring the apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a full rolling boil over moderate heat. Lower the heat and cover. Simmer apples, stirring often for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and cook, stirring often, 10 minutes longer or until apples are very tender. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon sticks, and stir in lemon juice. If you want smaller apple chunks, you can use a potato masher at this stage to make the apples less chunky/saucier. Allow to cool and put in a lidded jar or Tupperware. Applesauce will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

Happy Eating! xo