Homemade Applesauce
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Serves: 8
  • 5 to 6 cups peeled, cored and coarsely chopped apples, such as Fuji, Granny Smith or Crispin (about 3 pounds)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple, apricot, cherry or peach juice
  • ½ cup blueberries, hulled strawberries or pitted cherries (optional)*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • sugar, honey or pure maple syrup to taste
  1. Combine the apples and fruit juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the berries or cherries, if using, and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes more, until all of the fruit is very soft.
  4. For chunky applesauce, mash the cooked fruit with a potato masher until you reach the consistency you like; then add the lemon juice and sweeten to taste.
  5. For a smooth applesauce, puree the cooked fruit and lemon juice in the blender or food processor.
  6. Add sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste and pulse for a few seconds.
  7. Serve warm or cold.
* Fresh or frozen are both fine. If using fresh fruit, rinse it well.
Recipe by Moosewood Restaurant & Recipes | Ithaca, NY at https://moosewoodcooks.com/2014/12/homemade-applesauce/