Sure you could just buy it at the store, but homemade applesauce is one of the all-time great treats.

Yield 5 cups
Time 1½ hours
  • knife
  • apple corer
  • large, non-reactive pot
  • long-handled wooden spoon
  • colander or vegetable mill with large holes (optional)
  • 5 pounds apples*
  • 3 c water
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 2-4 T brown sugar or honey
Directions Wash, quarter, and core the apples, then place in pot with water and spices. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, stirring frequently, for 1½ hours, until apples are soft. Add 2 T brown sugar, taste, and adjust seasonings.

If you would like to remove the skins, place some of the applesauce in a colander or vegetable mill and push through.

Serve warm or cold.

Notes *You can use all a single variety of apples or an assortment – just make sure they are fresh and flavorful.

Adapted from The New Vegetarian Epicure: Menus for family and friends, by Anna Thomas.

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