Well, it finally happened. After years of pushing it off, I got my last two wisdom teeth removed last week. And I’m happy to report that all went well! My doctor scared me years ago when I had the first two wisdom teeth out, saying only to remove my bottom tooth if absolutely necessary since it was lying on a nerve. And being on a nerve meant a good chance to nerve damage, numbness, etc. Ummm no thanks! But since it was causing me pain, it was pretty much inevitable.
So I swallowed my fear and went for it…and it wasn’t too horrible! My tooth wasn’t lying on a nerve, so I lucked out there. And because I had been through this before, I wasn’t too scared. Though it did help to know that the hubster was waiting for me in the next room!
Phew! Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and relish in the fact that I had minimal swelling and no nerve damage! But because my mouth was pretty sore over the weekend, I had to watch what foods I ate. No hard candy, no crunchy potato chips, and nothing difficult to chew. So I ate lots of soup, ice cream, and other soft foods. Not too shabby, right?
And because I’m not one to just sit around, I wanted to take advantage of the situation and make something that would be easy for me to eat and perfect for the fall. My mind immediately wandered to applesauce.
Since I always have a bunch of apples taking over my kitchen in the fall, it’s a dish that I make every year. It would definitely be perfect for the fall, and more importantly, because of my teeth! So I whipped up a batch of my home-made Cinnamon Applesauce. It features fresh apples, a combination of spices, and comes together with minimal prep work.
This Cinnamon Applesauce is so easy to prepare, and so full of flavor! In fact, I guarantee that you will be wondering why you don’t make this more often, it’s just that easy.
Since the apples really cook down once they’re simmering, I tripled the amount that I normally make. I used five pounds of honey crisp apples, although any type of apple would do. You just need to be sure to adjust the sweetness depending on how tart your apples are. Once your apples are peeled, cored, and sliced, simply toss into a medium pot, add in some water, sugar, and cinnamon. Let it simmer for about a half hour and it’s almost ready! I used an immersion blender to puree the mixture, but a fork or potato masher will work just as well.
There is nothing better than the smell of Cinnamon Applesauce simmering on your stove. And I mean nothing, guys! My house smelled absolutely amazing. This is definitely the signature scent of fall in my mind!
This Cinnamon Applesauce is full of wholesome ingredients, comforting, and is perfect served warm or cold for a tasty breakfast, mid-morning snack, or as a delicious side dish for dinner. One taste and you’ll never go back to the store-bought kind!
Yields 4 cups
This Cinnamon Applesauce features fresh apples, cozy flavors, and comes together with minimal prep work.
5 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
- 5 lbs apples (about 12-15 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¾ cups white sugar
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to coat the apples.
- Cover and cook on low heat for about 30-45 min or until apples are soft and tender.
- Remove from heat and mash with immersion blender, fork, or potato masher.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Applesauce will keep refrigerated for up to ten days.