Strawberry Applesauce

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Lainey39

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

Top Review by WI Cheesehead

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! :)

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.

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