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Brandied applesauce

Time 40 minutes
Yields Makes about 5 cups
Brandied applesauce
1

Peel, core and quarter the apples.

2

In a pressure cooker, combine the apples, brown sugar, cider, brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, lemon zest and juice. Lock the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 2 minutes.

3

Allow the cooker to release pressure naturally (10 to 20 minutes), then carefully remove the lid. Remove the cinnamon sticks and coarsely chop the apples for a coarse sauce, or puree them in a blender or food processor for a smoother texture. Taste the applesauce and adjust the sweetness and flavorings if desired.

4

Set the applesauce aside to cool, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. Taste the applesauce once more (the flavorings will mute a little as the sauce chills) and adjust if desired. This makes about 5 cups applesauce. The applesauce will keep up to 10 days, covered and refrigerated.


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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