Basic Applesauce

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 cups

Use it by itself or as an ingredient in other recipes. We used a combination of Gala, Golden Delicious, and McIntosh.


  • 3 pounds apples

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar

  • ¾ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/2-inch-thick slices. In a large saucepan, combine apples with the cinnamon stick, sugar, and 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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