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Microwave Chunky Applesauce

Category: Snack
Source: Tracy Connelly

Forget the jarred varieties of apple sauce. For a true burst of apple awesomeness make it yourself. You're just a few steps away from marvelous apple sauce thanks to your trusty old microwave.

Number of Servings: 8
Ingredients: 8 tart apples (Granny Smith, Cameo, Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious, HoneyCrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Newton Pippin, Pink Lady, Rome or Ida Reds)
1 cup water
Juice of lemon
1 cup sugar or honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cardamom
Note: You can add/substitute 1 cup of berries such as raspberries, strawberries or blueberries for a more fruity applesauce.
Directions: 1. Peel, core and slice the apples; then, place them into a large bowl. (Hints: Apples can be peeled, or leave the skins on to give your sauce a pinky look. For smoother sauce, just pop the slices in a blender first.)
2. Add the lemon juice and water.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar or honey and spice. Then, add them to the apples and stir.
4. Cook in the microwave, uncovered, at full power, for six minutes.
5. Carefully remove the sauce and stir, pressing the apples down into the liquid.
6. Cook in the microwave for another 6 to 7 minutes. (Note: Larger batch will of course require additional time; a good rule of thumb is to nuke til soft.)
7. With a potato masher, smash the apples coarsely, and let the sauce cool.
8. For flair or presentation, scoop into a mason jar, or any glass container (spaghetti sauce containers work well).

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