Chunky Applesauce
Spicy with a hint of lemon.

Servings: 16 (Makes 8 1/2 cups)

• 4 3/4 to 5 1/2 pounds cooking apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious (15 cups), peeled, cored and sliced
• 2 1/2 cups water
• 1 to 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar *
• 3 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
• 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a 6 quart Dutch oven, combine the apples, water, borwn sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and apple pie spice or cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 40 minutes or until the apples are very soft, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Mash mixture lightly with the back of a large wooden spoon. Applesauce should still be chunky. Serve warm or cover and chill before serving.

* The amount of sugar depends on the tartness of the apples. I use a lot more with a tart apple like the Granny Smith and much less with a sweeter apple like a Golden Delicious.

Per Serving: 122 Calories; trace Fat (1.0% calories from fat); trace Saturated Fat; trace Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 8mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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