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Sep 18, 2015

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Grown-Up Applesauce

Active time:15 minutes

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Yield: 1

Source: Fine Cooking

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8 apples (preferably Macouns, or a blend of mostly Braeburns with one or two Golden Delicious), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 Tbs. water
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3-4 Tbs. granulated sugar
1-2 Tbs. brandy


Put the apples, butter, and water in a heavy saucepan. Add the vanilla bean, cover the pan, set it over medium heat, and simmer until the apples are completely tender and have cooked to a rough puree, stirring them gently from time to time, 20 to 25 minutes. Add the sugar (see notes), stir, and continue cooking uncovered for a few minutes to let the sugar dissolve. Taste the sauce for sweetness; it should be tart-sweet, but if you want it sweeter, add more sugar. Stir in the brandy and simmer a few minutes more to cook off a little of the alcohol. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Leave the vanilla bean in the applesauce until ready to serve; remove it before serving. If not serving the same day, refrigerate for up to a week.


Taste the applesauce before you put in the sugar, since the sweetness of the apples can vary. Then start with only 2 Tbs., adding additional to taste.

Can be made without the brandy.

We have never been able to find Macoun apples, so we always use 6 Braeburn and 2 Golden Delicious.

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