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Old-Fashion Apple Sauce

in Diana's Recipe Book

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Servings: 4
This is a very basic applesauce recipe that can be made quickly and easily. Use a combination of sweet and tart apples, such as Golden Delicious or McIntosh, Fuji, Gala, Gravenstein, or Granny Smith. You will love the flavor of this homemade "Comfort Food".....Diana, Diana's Desserts

6 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar* (see note below)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Peel and core apples and cut into quarters. Place them in an enamel sauce pan with the water, lemon juice and the the 1/2 vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes to break the apples down and to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, and carefully take out the vanilla bean. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, if using. Let cool completely. Store in refrigerator. When ready to serve, sprinkle with extra ground cinnamon if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Use more or less sugar, depending on how sweet you want the applesauce.

McIntosh are one of the best apples for making applesauce because of their wonderful aroma and flavor, but they can become too mushy if overcooked, so be careful not to cook them for more than 30 minutes. If they seem to be getting too soft after cooking 20 minutes or so, remove from heat. The applesauce has finished cooking at this point.

Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2002

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: May 8, 2002


Reviewer: Diana, Diana's Desserts
Hi Shariza,

Vanilla beans can be purchased online at Amazon.com and many other places. I'm sure you can find vanilla beans in Malaysia. You may also substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla bean, using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, depending on your taste.

Sincerely, Diana, Diana's Desserts

Reviewer: sharmiza
where can i buy the vanilla bean? any substitution if vanilla bean not available?

Reviewer: Sadie
This applesauce is delicious and takes no time to make. I doubled the recipe and used a combination of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold and Fuji apples. It freezes well, Thanks, Diana, for another excellent recipe.

Reviewer: jol
how much exactly is one serving?

Reviewer: kakashi

Reviewer: Ken
I had never made homemade apple sauce before this, and it is so much better than the kind you buy at the supermarket. Great recipe, will definitely make this again. A delicious, quick and easy recipe. Thank you Diana.

Reviewer: John Pearce
Great old fashion apple sauce ! If you cant cook this just stay out of the kitchen ! Wonder-full, used Vanilla Extract turned out just great and so simple ! Thank You !


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