If there's one thing my kiddos love, it's applesauce. We go through so much applesauce around here that it's crazy! I make and can applesauce every fall using apples from a local farm, but no matter how much I make, it never lasts all year. My kids, sadly, love store-bought applesauce even more than homemade applesauce, because they like that they can choose different flavors. They're both crazy about strawberry applesauce, so I decided it was time to try to make it at home. This strawberry applesauce turned out amazing! I used honey crisp apples because they are my very favorite, and I think they added a lot of flavor. I love the apple and strawberry combo, and the applesauce is both sweet and tangy. My strawberries were a little on the tart side, so I added some sugar, but if your strawberries are sweeter than mine were, you may not need any added sugar. I would recommend giving it a little taste before adding sugar so you know how much it needs to be sweetened. This is definitely going to be a fridge staple at our house!
4 medium honey crisp apples, cored and cut into slices
1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add the apples, strawberries, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25-30 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Puree using an immersion blender or food processor. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, taste, and add more sugar as needed. Stir in the vanilla and serve. Keeps in refrigerator for up to 5 days.