Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

I love homemade applesauce and this one is extra-special with strawberry flavor. Recipe is from Woman's Day.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 (1/4 lb) mcintosh apple (2 pounds)
  • 4 (1/4 lb) empire apple (2 pounds)
  • 12 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup seedless reduced-sugar strawberry preserves
  • liquid red food coloring (optional)


  1. Peel, halve and core apples.
  2. Cut into 2-inch chunks.
  3. Place in 5-quart saucepan with apple juice and butter.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until apples are very tender.
  6. Crush apples with a potato masher until chunky.
  7. Stir in strawberry preserves and food color, if using, until blended.
  8. Serve warm or chilled.
Most Helpful

Made for Kid Friendly Tag and my kids did like it. I used 2 lbs gala and 2 lbs red pears (skin on). Also used 1/2 cup frozen (thawed) strawberries instead of the preserves (that really reduces the sugar). I like the little bit of crunch the pears give applesauce, but I puree it with my hand blender until smooth. It made a full to the top quart canning jar. With the strawberries and red pear skins, no need for the nasty food coloring! :)

WI Cheesehead October 05, 2008