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Oven-Roasted Applesauce

This applesauce is prepared with spices to produce a flavor that resembles the inside of an apple pie.

  • yield: Makes 2 cups




  • 1/4 cup brandy or cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths
  • 3 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a 12-by-14-inch roasting pan, or an 11-by-17-inch baking pan, combine the brandy, cinnamon, cloves, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, and butter. Add all the apples, and toss.

  2. Step 2

    Roast until the apples are very soft and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer apples to the bowl of a food processor; pulse until smooth. Stir in the salt, and serve warm.

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