This quick and easy Honeycrisp Applesauce is perfect for fall, and is delicious either hot or cold!
Every fall, I become obsessed. With what? With apples. In particular– my all-time favorite, the Honeycrisp apple. These beauties may be my favorite fruit on the planet, but most of the year they are just ridiculously expensive. True, sometimes I buy them anyway (because I just can’t help myself!), but they’re pricey enough that I restrain myself (a little bit).
For a couple of magical months in the fall, however, Honeycrisp apples are PLENTIFUL, and that means that the price drops a little bit! (In fact, for a few weeks each year, these gorgeous apples show up at Aldi’s for $2-$4 per bag!) I celebrate during those months by making all the apple-related food I can. (And also, of course, by simply eating a ridiculous amount of apples raw. Get into my mouth, apples!) One of my absolute favorite things to do with Honeycrisp apples is to make a batch of Honeycrisp Applesauce!
Making Honeycrisp Applesauce
If you aren’t convinced that you NEED this applesauce in your life, one bite will change your mind! Forget everything you know about pre-made, grocery store applesauce. Forget about those individually packaged, flavored and sweetened applesauce containers that you ate for lunch every day at school. No, no– this applesauce isn’t like those applesauces.
To make your own Honeycrisp Applesauce, first you’ll need– (did you figure it out yet?)– Honeycrisp Apples! Grab about five Honeycrisps, and five other apples. The other ones can be a mix of whatever your other favorite apples are, but having a few different types will help round out the flavors.
Next, peel, core, and quarter your apples. Toss them in a large pot, along with some water, a little lemon juice, a cardamom pod, and half of a star anise. Bring everything to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook it until the apple chunks start to dissolve. Then, strain out the cardamom pod and star anise. Taste your applesauce, and sweeten if needed.
You’ve eaten applesauce before, and you know it’s normally served cold. Every time I make this though, I end up eating half of it while it’s hot, because it tastes just as fabulous either way!
Homemade Applesauce with Cardamom
- 5 Honeycrisp apples (seeded, peeled, and quartered)
- 5 apples, any variety (seeded, peeled, and quartered)
- 1 cup water
- 2 TB lemon juice
- 1 cardamom pod
- 1/2 of a star anise
- Optional: ~1/4 cup sugar (to taste)
Add all ingredients except sugar in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on medium-high about 15-20 minutes, until apples smash easily with a fork.
Discard cardamom and star anise. Drain water if needed. Add sugar to taste.
Note: This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker, on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.
*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal, and assumes one serving per apple used (10).
Recipe adapted from: Food.com