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Desserts, Sauces and Condiments

Baked Applesauce

When my mother was a child, living in a small village in Vietnam, her aunt returned from travels west carrying a single red apple. The family, from the eldest to the smallest child, gathered as her aunt unwrapped tissue paper ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pounds tart cooking apples (especially Empire, McIntosh, Gravenstein or Newtown Pippin), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Step 1Combine lemon juice with water in 13x9-inch baking dish. Add apples to lemon water as you slice them to prevent browning. Sprinkle apples with sugar and dot with butter.

Step 2Cover dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft, 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 3Cool slightly, then pass apples through a food mill. Adjust flavor depending on sweetness of apples, adding sugar or lemon juice to taste.

Note: Baking the apples with a touch of butter creates a comforting applesauce with richer flavor and thicker texture than simmered sauces. Select red apples for a delicate, rosy hue. You can peel the apples before cooking, if desired. Crush with a potato masher for a chunky texture or puree for a smooth texture.
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