Applesauce Recipe




Introduction: Applesauce Recipe

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Applesauce is one of the best things to do with apples!  Also, it's trivially easy to make.  I'm no expert cook, but this turned out really well and didn't need any actual skill.

  • apples.  I used 4 Gravensteins, which made plenty of sauce
  • pinch of salt, about an eighth teaspoon per apple
  • lemon juice (about half a lemon was right for my 4 apples)
  • a bit of lemon zest (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • nutmeg (optional)
Note that the proportions of ingredients vary considerably depending on the kind of apples you use and your taste preferences, so I have given guidelines instead of exact amounts for things.

Step 1: Chop the Apples

Peel and core the apples, then chop them up.  The smaller you cut them, the more time they take to chop but the less time they'll need to cook.  Place the cut pieces in a pot of water as you go, to prevent them from browning in the air.

Step 2: Cook the Apples

Check if you have too much water in your pot and add some or pour some out if necessary.  The water should not quite cover the apples.  Simmer for about 15 or 20 minutes.  It doesn't have to be a very precise time, just until the apple pieces are thoroughly soft.

Now you will mash the apples with a potato masher (or a blender, or food mill, or strainer, or whatever you have).  You may need to pour out some of the water first; you don't want too much water at this point.

Looks like applesauce, doesn't it?  If it's a little thin for your taste, put it back in the pot and simmer a bit longer.

Step 3: Season the Sauce

Taste the sauce.  Anything you want to add is optional, but you'll probably want to add salt (about an eighth teaspoon per apple) and lemon juice (about a half teaspoon per apple).  Depending on the flavor and sweetness of your apples, you may also want to add some of the following items:
  • sugar (white or brown)
  • lemon zest
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • brandy
I found that for four Gravensteins, a quarter cup of sugar was plenty.  I also added lemon zest because I love it, and cinnamon because I love it, and freshly grated nutmeg because it was There.

I also sprinkled cinnamon on top to serve.  MMMMM delicious!

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    8 years ago

    I love the flaming color you dyed your hair! :D


    9 years ago on Step 3

    Sounds yummy. Thanks for this and your other Instructables. I'm going to be making some plum applesauce today. If I had any Stevia I would try that with some of it to cut back on the sugar. I bet if I used some fruit juice I could also cut back on the sugar. Have you ever tried either of those things?


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I've found the best way to make apple sauce is in a microwave oven, it's very fast, you don't have to add any extra cooking water so you don't dilute the flavour at all. Cooking times can vary a lot depending your microwave and on quantity so the first few times you do it, keep a close eye on it, overcooking it can get messy. 


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Also, with the cinnamon and nutmeg a little heavier, cook it a bit longer, my favorite apple butter! YUM!  Thank you for this method, it really is simple.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    WHOA! You have to COOK the apples?! That makes sooo much sense! We always put a tad bit of juice with the apples in a blender... they turn brown fast and usually have a weird flavor... It's because we always made it wrong haha!