Baked Applesauce
Author: Kitchens
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 pounds tart cooking apples; cored, sliced thin, such as Empire, McIntosh, Gravenstein, Newtown Pippin
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter; cut in small pieces
  1. Combine lemon juice with water in 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Add apples to lemon water as you slice them to prevent browning. Sprinkle apples with sugar and dot with butter. Cover dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft, 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly, then pass apples through a food mill. Adjust flavor depending on sweetness of apples, adding sugar or lemon juice to taste.
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.

This recipe yields about 2 cups, or 4 servings.

Each serving: 229 calories; 59 mg sodium; 16 mg cholesterol; 6 grams fat; 46 grams carbohydrates; 0 protein; 1.20 grams fiber.
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