Apple sauce or applesauce is simply pureed apples with or without added spices and sugar. Its versatility and ease of preparation make it a must-have item in every pantry/freezer. Unsweetened applesauce can be used as baby food, while the sweetened version can be an accompaniment to the main course. I also like to use applesauce in cakes and cookies to make them soft and moist which is why I decided to keep it simple and not add anything other than some lemon for flavoring. Depending on what you would use it for, you could add cinnamon or all spice for additional flavoring and sugar for added sweetness.
Apple Sauce Recipe
(makes 32 oz)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
7 – 8 medium sized apples (I used Gala apples)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon rind
1 tsp cinnamon powder, optional (I skipped this)
1 cup water
Cut apples into approximately one inch sized pieces. Transfer all the ingredients along with cut apples into a saucepan and cook on medium heat until water starts to boil. Reduce to low heat and cook under a lid for another 20 minutes or until the apple pieces are soft.
Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Blend in a food processor to obtain desired consistency.