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Baked Applesauce

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4
Baked Applesauce
1

Combine lemon juice with water in 13x9-inch baking dish. Add apples to lemon water as you slice them to prevent browning. Sprinkle apples with sugar and dot with butter.

2

Cover dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft, 30 to 40 minutes.

3

Cool slightly, then pass apples through a food mill. Adjust flavor depending on sweetness of apples, adding sugar or lemon juice to taste.

Baking the apples with a touch of butter creates a comforting applesauce with richer flavor and thicker texture than simmered sauces. Select red apples for a delicate, rosy hue. You can peel the apples before cooking, if desired. Crush with a potato masher for a chunky texture or puree for a smooth texture.

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