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Nostalgic Side: Applesauce

Applesauce is a delicious side that is easily forgotten. Taking the time to make a homemade version is a truly rewarding experience. The apple flavor is stronger and the texture is more chunky and less baby-foody than the store bought version. While the apples simmer, your house will have a scrumptious, warm fragrance. Give jars as gifts or serve along side roast pork or chicken. It also makes an excellent accompaniment to oatmeal or yogurt. This recipe is a must have for your collection, so take a look now,

From Martha Stewart

18 McIntosh apples, (about 6 pounds), peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup apple cider
1 large cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. Combine apples, apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla bean, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, sugar, and lemon juice in a large, wide, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon to prevent scorching, until apples are broken down and saucy, about 50 to 60 minutes.
  3. Mash any large pieces of apple with a large wooden spoon to help them break down. Adjust seasoning to taste with more sugar and spices.
  4. Remove the apple mixture from the heat, and let stand to cool completely before serving, discarding cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod. Applesauce can also be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days in refrigerator.

Makes about 7 cups.


aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
michichan michichan 9 years
If you can get ahole of trimystrin (Nutmeg oil extract) it really makes a difference.
emma- emma- 9 years
only-so-cute only-so-cute 9 years
my mom started making applesauce a few years ago, it's to the point were i won't eat anything else. i like it when she uses a mix of apples like rome, gala and grannysmith. i love that you can control the amount of sugar.
yes-jess yes-jess 9 years
what the heck is mace?
wambalus wambalus 9 years
I've made applesause with Bramleys, which are tart like Granny Smiths. The finished product has a bit of the tang and tartness, but you do need to compensate with more sugar (or sweetener of choice) otherwise it's just too tart.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Has anyone ever made applesauce using really tart Granny Smith apples? If so does it stay tart in the finished applesauce. I hope, I hope. I want to use Granny Smith or Honeycrisps to make applesauce. Uh, my nephews chug applesauce for fun. They just open a large jar and drink the stuff. Apparently its some college thing.
Pammy Pammy 9 years
I always put applesauce on my oatmeal... yummy! Now that it's apple season, I definitely need to make some applesauce.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
lol this is really funny cause i just made apple sauce on Thursday. i used a simple recipe of just water, sugar, and cinnamon with my apples but it came out really good. maybe ill try this recipe next time!
MsWalton MsWalton 9 years
What a throwback to my 80s childhood!! My mommy used to make it for my sister and I. Thanks for the recipe.
emalove emalove 9 years
Homemade applesauce is good, I haven't had it in years...
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I *love* homemade applesauce!! It is so much better than store bought.
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I'm making homemade applesauce for thanksgiving this year
flyinggrip flyinggrip 9 years
I just made applesauce two nights ago! I love warm homemade applesauce in the fall!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love apple sauce!
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