For best results, choose apples that break down easily when cooked, such as Gala, Pink Lady, and Braeburn. The sauce is delicious paired with roast turkey or pork, and you can prepare it up to three days ahead. Serve it warm, at room temperature, or chilled to suit your preference.
5 tablespoons water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and halved
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven; toss to coat. Cover and bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring once after 45 minutes.
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Absolutely delicious! I used Gala apples, which worked well, though I pureed the sauce just a little bit in a food processor, as the apples didn't break down all the way. I think I will reduce the amount of sugar a bit next time, since it was a little on the sweet side.
This applesauce is wonderful for dessert, served warm with vanilla ice cream. Very satisfying! I will definitely be making this again.
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