Easy Homemade Applesauce
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Recipe type: Side dish
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Serves: 4
 
The simplest small-batch applesauce ever. This makes about 2 cups of applesauce. You can, of course, make the batch as big as you like - it also freezes well. Leave a bit of headspace in any freezer bag/container to allow for expansion as it freezes.
Ingredients
  • 4-6 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into about ½"-1" pieces
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (more to taste)
  • ¼ tsp ginger (optional)
  • Splash of lemon juice (about 1 tsp)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, until apples are soft but still holding their shape. (If you chopped your apples big this may take an extra 5 minutes). Remove from heat and puree in food processor or blender, or with an immersion blender.
  2. Best served warm.
Notes
The water is not necessary to get a nice applesauce, but it makes the boiling a bit more obvious and reduces the risk of scorching the apples, so I like to throw it in there.
Add cranberries for a festive pink sauce at holiday time!
Recipe by Hidden Ponies at http://hiddenponies.com/2013/11/easy-homemade-applesauce/