Perfectly sweet, cinnamon-scented homemade applesauce. 5 ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need to make this fruity treat.
I always used to buy ready-made bottles of applesauce, until I realized it was so simple to make on my own. I like to keep a jar of it on hand in the fridge for a quick afternoon snack or fuss-free dessert. Applesauce is also great to use in baking as a healthier alternative to oil and butter.
This recipe uses a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar to compliment the flavor of the apples. Use whatever kind of apples you have on hand or a combination of different types. You can add more (or less) sugar depending on the sweetness of your apples and how sweet you like your applesauce. You could also use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar, which will give the applesauce a rich brown color.
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- 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan set over medium-high heat.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until apples are tender.
Mash the apples with a potato masher or use an immersion (stick) blender to puree the apples for a smoother consistency. Allow to cool before serving.
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