A trio of warming spices — cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves — makes this easy applesauce taste like the most wonderful pie filling.
- 3 pounds apples, such as Cameo, McIntosh, Jonagold, or Gala (8 to 10), peeled, cored, and quartered
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus grated lemon zest to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ground)
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 cup fresh apple cider or water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving (optional)
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Combine apples, cider, lemon juice, spices, and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover; simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated, 10 minutes.
- Season apple mixture with lemon zest. Mash with a potato masher until chunky (or puree in a blender or food processor for a smoother texture). Let cool completely. Serve, sprinkled with more cinnamon, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week, or in freezer up to 3 months.
Recipe Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living, 2017
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