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Basic Applesauce

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  • Yield: Makes 4 cups
Basic Applesauce

Source: Everyday Food, October 2005


  • 3 pounds apples
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/2-inch-thick slices (try a combination of Gala, Golden Delicious, and McIntosh). In a large saucepan, combine apples with the cinnamon stick, sugar, and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. (If sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, add 2 to 4 tablespoons more water.)

  2. Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick. Stir in lemon juice.

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