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Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

We had all kinds of apple trees in the yard when I was growing up, so I don't know for sure which ones Mother liked best for applesauce. (Today I use Cortlands.) I do know that her applesauce was very white. The secret, she said, was to keep the apples in salt water while she peeled them so that they wouldn't darken. —Doris Natvig, Jesup, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds tart apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar

Directions

  • 1. Peel, core and quarter the apples. In a Dutch oven, bring apples, water and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from the heat. Add sugar to taste and stir until dissolved. If you used a cinnamon stick, remove and discard. Mash apples with a potato masher until desired texture is reached. Serve warm or chilled. Yield: 6 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 122 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, trace protein.