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Classic Applesauce

Classic Applesauce

Cooking the apples with their skins on adds a beautiful rosy blush to the finished sauce.


  • 4 pounds any combination of apples (about 8 large), rinsed, halved or quartered
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine apples, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, salt, and ¼ cup water in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and add pod. Cover pot and cook over medium-low heat, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon and checking to make sure apples are not scorching (add a splash of water if they are), until apples are soft and falling apart, 35–45 minutes. Uncover pot and let apples cool slightly.

  • Working in batches, pass apples through food mill fitted with a medium disk into a large bowl; discard solids. If sauce is watery, return to pot and simmer over medium heat until thickened.

  • Do Ahead: Applesauce can be made 4 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

Recipe by Carla Lalli MusicReviews Section5 stars baby! Super easy, so much better than jarred applesauce, and takes no time at all. Whenever I make latkes I make a recipe of this too. DELISH!helenharrisonPortland, Oregon 05/14/20Great Recipe! Super quick and easy and my nephew loves it. I used ground cinnamon and vanilla extract and used a blender. Use the chop, blend, and pulse settings for a similar texture with beads of apple in a smooth texture. Add cinnamon to taste when blending.MasonMona25Gettysburg, Pennsylvania10/25/19I freeze my applesauce. I'll try keeping the skins on next time.AnonymousNorthbrook, Illinois10/13/18How can you preserve the apple sauce so you can keep a few jars full in the pantry over the winter?AnonymousVienna, Austria10/11/18How much salt??! Thank You :-)AnonymousNew Jersey10/11/18I used to make applesauce in a crockpot over 8 hours, use peeled apples... but I think I'm gonna do this from now on! Took about 40 minutes in total, most of it idle, so it's perfect for a weeknight.I don't own a food mill, but blending in batches with my Vitamix worked just as well.AnonymousSalem, Oregon09/22/18Wow. That was shockingly easy. Five minutes of prep (including climbing the stepladder to dig up the cinnamon sticks) and 30 minutes later I had applesauce !Katy BransonNashville, TN04/29/18

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