Homemade Autumn Applesauce – Healthy, delicious and deceptively simple to make!

Everyone will LOVE the apple-y smell of homemade Autumn Applesauce as it’s cooking and your family and guests will think you slaved all day just for them! Let them think what they will! Between us, homemade applesauce is really simple to make and this sugar-optional recipe is naturally sweet and healthy, too. Every fall, the family begs for Miss Party to make a batch!

The great thing is, this is a fun activity for all ages to get involved with and it’s health for all ages (if you take it easy on the sugar or go sugar-free). It’s a delicious side for any meal of the day, including breakfast, and it goes particularly well with pork meats and chicken.

To make a great sauce it’s important to get a good mix of apple varieties, though it doesn’t have to be these particular varieties. The flavors and sweetness of each type of apple come together for a more rounded and naturally sweetened sauce. (No Granny Smith or Red Delicious apples, please. They are great for other purposes, but not for applesauce.) If you have an apple corer, your coring job will go much quicker and a potato masher is very helpful to have at the end of the cooking time.

3-4 lbs of apples total, washed, peeled, cored and sliced (reserve 6-8 washed peels for cooking)
get a variety such as this: 30% Fuji, 20% Yellow Delicious, 30% Gala, 10% McIntosh, 10% Jonathon

2 cups unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
2 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon) (improves the brightness of the sauce)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon (optional)
1-2 Tbsp sugar (optional), added at the end of cooking time (Miss Party’s family prefers unsweetened applesauce)

1) Put apples, 6-8 apple peels (for added flavor), apple juice or cider, and lemon juice into a large, deep skillet or stock pot, on high heat and cover.

2) Once liquid has begun to boil, immediately cut heat back to medium, stir and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes, until apples are soft. Stir occasionally.

3) Turn off heat. Pick out the apple peels. While still in skillet or pot, mash apples with a potato masher to desired chunkiness, stir. Taste for sweetness, add cinnamon and sugar, if desired. Cover again and let sauce cool.

4) Serve warm or chilled with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Refrigerate remainder. Applesauce also freezes perfectly in plastic baggies with the air removed.


Apple Slump – Louisa May Alcott’s favorite autumn dessert!

Miss Party loves a strong-willed, 19th century woman who can stand on her own two lace-up boots –’cause she paid for them herself! Louisa May Alcott, was just that kind of plain-speaking, hard-working woman and writer. Due to ongoing family financial troubles and her own nature, she also spent the better part of her life as the primary caretaker for her beloved parents and sisters.

During her years at the Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, where Little Women and many other fine books were written, Louisa often made her delicious Apple Slump dessert from their own apples gathered in the fall. The Alcott family routinely held philosophy discussions over dessert with open-minded friends, philosophers and writers. Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne were all regulars at their dining table. Later in the evening, with the dining room as their stage, Louisa and her sisters performed poetry readings or melodramas written by Louisa, as guests watched from the adjoining parlor.

Miss Party’s loves the imagery of those great thinkers, writers, and poets, men and women, sitting around the table sharing a simple dessert together discussing their lofty thoughts and ideas. She imagines Louisa in some lively discussion with her good friend, Thoreau, every time she prepares her Apple Slump. Perhaps this perfect autumn dessert will have you espousing something witty at your next dinner party, too!

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Apple Mixture:
4-6 tart apples; pared, cored and sliced (3 cups sliced)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg (well beaten)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Serves 6.

1) Grease with butter the inside of a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.

2) Prepare the apples and place in the baking dish, along with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of salt. Bake apples uncovered until they are soft, about 20 minutes.

3) While the apples are baking, sift together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and sugar.

4) Mix into the flour mixture, the beaten egg, milk and melted butter. Stir gently.

5) Spread this mixture over the top of the baked apples and continue baking (about 25 minutes), until the top is brown and crusty.

Serve with whipped cream.

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Original Mojito (By the glass or for a crowd) – Delightfully refreshing!

Las Casitas, Puerto Rico - Mojitos

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5 Secrets to Planning the BEST EVER High School Graduation Party!

Grad Party Set Up

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‘MAD MEN’-inspired 60s Theme Party – The final season to indulge!


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Canadian Clubhouse Punch – Fruity and delicious!

Don Draper would have appreciated this delicious whiskey-based punch recipe taken from a 1961 advertisement for Canadian Clubhouse Whisky. Your guests certainly will! Yield: About 2 quarts (which is approximately 12 punch glass-sized servings). The vintage atomic-shaped punch bowl pictured holds 4 quarts of liquid, so Miss Party doubled the recipe to have 1 quart […]

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3 outstanding reasons to throw a BIG pre-summer party this year!

Summer Party

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DIY Guest of Honor Memory Board – A quick and easy way to display pictures!

Bright and beautiful graduation party

Lots of parties honor a particular guest –grad parties, birthday parties, engagement and baby showers or retirement parties. A ‘through-the-years’ homage to the guest of honor is always a nice and thoughtful touch. If you have access to lots of good pictures showcasing the guest of honor, make a low-tech, montage memory board and/or table […]

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DIY to Living a Beautiful Life – Could it really be that simple?

Cafe in Paris

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Miss Party’s misadventures in entertaining overnight guests – Part 5, Decorating


Thought those of you who’ve followed this thread of posts on updating Miss Party’s guest room, might like a peek into the room to see how it’s starting to shape up. Miss Party’s younger daughter is home from college for spring break week so this corner is about the only spot in the room fit […]

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