McIntosh apples make a traditional applesauce, but using a mix of varieties gives dimension. You can stir in up to three tablespoons dark-brown sugar, if you like.

Everyday Food, January/February 2012


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Recipe Summary

10 mins
45 mins
Makes 6 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Peel, core, and slice apples.

  • In a large pot, bring apples, lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth with small chunks remaining. (Add sugar, if using.)

  • Let cool, then transfer applesauce to airtight containers.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate applesauce up to 5 days, or freeze up to 2 months.


Reviews (4)

194 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 81
  • 2 star values: 34
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this recipe! So simple and delicious! I didn't need to add any sugar, sprinkled in Ceylon cinnamon and discovered I never want to eat store bought applesauce again.
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! I also will never buy applesauce again. Sugar is not necessary and I add cinnamon and sometimes ground ginger. A little lemon brightens the flavor, but can also be left out. Simply boiled apples pureed down to sauce, a very healthy and delicious treat!
Rating: 5 stars
I made this in the crockpot and it turned out amazing! I will never buy applesauce again! The only change I made was in reducing the water to 1cup since I knew it wouldn't be reduced in the crockpot like on the stove. The consistency was perfect. I did add the brown sugar as suggested and it was just the right amount of sweetness. I can't wait to try the variations!
Rating: Unrated
This recipe is part of the Everyday Food Light issue I received 2 weeks ago and I made the cranberry-orange applesauce. It is absolutely delicious !