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Microwave Applesauce

Enjoy warm, cinnamon-spiced applesauce in minutes with this quick and easy recipe.
Bowls of mashed apples with cinnamon.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 3 ½ cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

6 apples, peeled, cored and quartered or chopped (about 8 cups)
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar (or less, to taste)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Place apples and water in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Cover with microwave-safe cover.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 10 to 15 minutes or until the apples are soft enough to mash.
  4. Use a potato masher or fork to make chunky applesauce.
  5. Add the sugar a little at a time to reach desired sweetness. Add cinnamon.
  6. Serve warm or chilled. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Frozen apple slices work great in this recipe.
  • Try other spices, such as pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ginger or cardamom.
  • Make a smaller batch with fewer apples.

Comments

This recipe was a hit at a taster event at our local library. Multiple families stated this was a simple recipe vs canning apples and they plan to make it at home. I did not add any sugar to the gala apples, but did add the cinnamon.

Undoubtedly, you are a super food hero!

I learned so many recipes from this FoodHero website. Thanks for the good work.

And, this applesauce seems very easy and healthy reicpe for me.

 

 

Our local food pantry had an abundance of fresh pears, so I tried this recipe with pears instead of apples and it was delicious and everyone loved it!  It did take twice as long in the microwave (20+ minutes), but most of my pears weren't fully ripe.  I added the sugar suggested, but when I make it again, I won't add any until I taste it first, as it was full of pear flavor and may not have needed it.  At the end of cooking I did use an immersible blender to make it smoother since I was serving samples and texture can be a challenge for quite a few people.

Thank you so much for your simple, delicious and approachable recipes which encourage even the most inexperienced home cooks to try them!

Homemade applesauce, nothing like it! This recipe worked great for me, did it for a pantry visit and everyone not only took the recipe, but the apples they were giving out to make it with! Works best with at least two different types of apples if possible.

I made this recipe using fresh picked home grown Apple's, I'm not sure what breed it is. I'm wondering why it became so stringy. Did I not take enough of the core out or is there some apples that are not good for applesauce? The flavor was great and the texture was great except for the long stringy fibers.

That is somewhat of a puzzle.  The 'strings' must be part of the apple.  Apples will generally all become soft with cooking so look closely at the core to see if that is the source.

The Food Hero Team

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