Homemade Applesauce


3-4 lbs apples, recommend Granny Smith or Fuji

4 strips of lemon peel

Juice of 1 lemon

3 inches of cinnamon stick

¼ cup dark brown sugar

Up to ½ cup granulated sugar (dependent natural sweetness of the apples)

1 cup water

½ teaspoon salt


Peel, core and quarter apples and place them in a large stockpot.  Add lemon peel, juice of lemon, cinnamon, sugars, water and salt.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.  Simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the apples are cooked.  Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick and lemon peels.  Mash with a potato peeler if you prefer a chunky texture or use an immersion blender for a smoother texture.  Can be served either hot or refrigerate until cold.  Great warm over vanilla ice cream for a quick dessert.