Homemade Applesauce

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
about 2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds assorted apples (such as Golden Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp or McIntosh; about 4), peeled and chopped
  • Up to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Lemon juice, to taste
Directions
  • Combine the apples, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium; cover and cook until the apples are very soft and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes (or microwave in a large microwave-safe bowl, covered, about 10 minutes).

  • Add lemon juice to taste to the applesauce, then transfer to a blender or food processor and puree (or puree in the pan with an immersion blender).

  • Transfer the applesauce to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.

  • Fun Flavors

  • Apricot: Stir in 1/4 cup apricot jam.

  • Raspberry: Add 1 cup raspberries while the applesauce is still warm; mash slightly.

  • Cranberry-Spice: Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup dried cranberries while the applesauce is still warm.

  • Photograph by Kana Okada


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