I have yet to go apple picking this fall, but what I did do last weekend was purchase a half bushel too many apples from my favorite local spot, Riverview Orchards, for both apples and apple cider donuts (truly the best around in my opinion!)

I started by making Teddie’s Apple Cake, an oldie but such a goodie, and today, I hope to make a big batch of applesauce and then this applesauce bundt cake. More apple recipes below!

Happy fall, Friends 🍁🍃🍂🍁🍃🍂

10 Apple Recipes to Make Right Now

Easy French Apple Tart (Easier than it looks … promise!)

Just baked French apple tart on sheet pan.

Teddie’s Apple Cake (A classic!)

An overhead shot of Teddie's Apple Cake.

Big Apple Pancake (The coziest start to the day! )

Big Apple Pancake

Apple Frangipane Galette (Made with foolproof pie dough 🎉.)

An apple-frangipane galette on a board.

Homemade Applesauce (The key to brilliantly hued applesauce? Simmer the apples with the skins on. Use deeply red colored apples. I have great success with Empire apples.)

Homemade applesauce.

Applesauce Bundt Cake (With all of your homemade applesauce, you could make this applesauce bundt cake, a recipe I learned from a neighbor years ago — thanks to a heap of both applesauce and yogurt, this cake is incredibly moist and stays that way for days.

PS: You don’t have to make the applesauce to make this cake!)

A platter of applesauce bundt cake.

Balzano Apple Cake (An old favorite.)

Apple cake.

Apple Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust (From Kristen Miglore’s Genius Desserts cookbook, this one calls for pouring hot water over the batter just before baking … feels wrong, but it’s oh, so good. )

Apple cobbler.

Cinnamon-Spiced Apple Date Butter (Great over toast! A great gift, too.)

Apple date butter.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats (Such a treat to wake up to.)

Apple pie overnight oats.

Apple Orchard Muffins (with an irresistible turbinado sugar crust!)

Apple orchard muffins with turbinado sugar crust.

PS: The Best (One-Bowl 🎉) Pumpkin Bread:

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10+ Apple Recipes for Fall: Homemade Applesauce

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Making homemade applesauce is simple and rewarding — it comes together very quickly and requires no peeling, no additional sugar, and no spices. 

Apples: Any variety of apples will do, but I have been partial to Fuji and Pink Lady, because I can get those varieties at my farmers’ market. Empire apples also make a beautifully hued sauce.

You will need a food mill to make this recipe. 


  • 3 lbs. apples, about 8 to 10 apples, see notes above
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cut apples into big chunks — cut straight down around the core and discard it. Place them in a large pot with about a cup of water. Cover the pot, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium or medium low, and simmer until the apples are very tender, about 20 minutes. This can take more or less time depending on the variety of apples you’ve chosen to use and the number of apples you have jammed in the pot. After you make this once or twice, you will have a better sense of the water-to-apple ratio.
  2. Once the apples are tender, spoon them into the food mill in smallish batches. Start cranking. You may or may not need all of the liquid remaining in the pot. That’s it!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American