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Quick & Easy Applesauce Recipe
Easy Recipe for Home Made Applesauce
In many parts of the world, autumn means briskly cool air, trees ablaze with color, hay rides and the scent of apples and cinnamon as applesauce simmers on the stove.
The most flavorful applesauce is made with fresh, tasty apples. In Peru, the green and red apple (manzana Israel) seen at right is the most common and inexpensive variety. Harvested in October and November it is juicy, crisp and tart-sweet. A wonderful apple for eating and cooking, it also makes great applesauce.
Mix different types of apples for applesauce with complex flavor. Each apple variety requires different cooking times, though, so make sure to cook long enough for all apples to soften. Use whichever apples are common to your area. The sweet/tart varieties are our favorite choice for applesauce. Some of these varieties include: Jonathan, Cortland, Gravenstein, Lady, McIntosh, Macoun, Braeburn and Winesap.
Best of all, this applesauce is quick and so easy. Stick around afterward for variations and serving suggestions. Enjoy!
Peel, cores and slices apples in a jiffy
- Superior applesauce starts with flavorful apples. Choose the tastiest apples available in your area.
- Try mixing different varieties of apples for complex flavored applesauce.
- Add a little lemon juice if your applesauce needs a tangy flavor boost.
- For mild cinnamon flavor, cook applesauce with cinnamon sticks instead of ground cinnamon.
- Choose a little honey or maple syrup instead of sugar for all-natural applesauce.
- You may need more or less sugar depending on the variety of apple you use.
- If you have it, use apple juice or apple cider instead of water in the recipe.
- 6 pounds apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- pinch of salt
- Peel, slice and core apples.
- Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
- Pour apple slices, sugar, cinnamon, salt and water into the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mash the apples with a potato masher and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes longer, until softened.
- Serve applesauce warm or cold. Applesauce freezes well.
- Berry Applesauce: Add raspberries, blackberries or blueberries to apples (step 3). Continue with recipe.
- No Sugar Added Applesauce: Omit sugar and sweeten cooked applesauce with stevia.
- Harvest Applesauce: Substitute pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon.
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