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A simple, not too sweet applesauce that cooks in about 15 minutes.

Karen’s Homemade Applesauce – Perfect for Applesauce Linzer Bars

A simple, not too sweet applesauce that cooks in about 15 minutes. Better than store-bought! Use in recipes, or eat by the spoonful…

Perfect easy applesauce, cooks quickly and not too sweet

A simple, not too sweet applesauce that cooks in about 15 minutes.


7 medium apples, soft varieties such as Golden Delicious, Macoun or McIintosh

½ cup filtered water, plus 2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons raw honey, or natural cane sugar

1 pinch sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional (see note)



Peel, seed and core the apples. Cut into 3/4 ” chunks. In a heavy 2 quart pot, add all the ingredients: the apples, water, lemon juice, honey and sea salt*.


Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer and cover. Cook until the apples are just starting to fall apart, about 10 – 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until the right texture (not too loose), just a few minutes more. This time will vary greatly depending on the firmness and water content of the apples you choose.


Remove from the stovetop – Press down lightly with a potato masher to create a chunky applesauce.


If too dry, add more water by the tablespoon. Store in a clean glass container in the refrigerator. Lasts for up up 2 weeks.


*Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the pot if desired. I do not usually add it, as I sometimes serve applesauce with savory foods, like potato pancakes.

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 

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