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Homemade Applesauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 2 1/2 quarts
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

2 large navel oranges, zested and juiced

1 lemon, zested and juiced

3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6 to 8 apples)

3 pounds sweet red apples, such as Macoun, McIntosh, or Winesap (about 6 to 8 apples)

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples (reserving the peel of 2 of the red apples) and toss them in the juice. Pour the apples, reserved apple peel, and juice into a nonreactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until all the apples are soft. Remove and discard the red apple peel. Mix with a whisk until smooth, and serve warm or at room temperature.
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