Quick Homemade Applesauce

This apple and pear have been staring at me from my kitchen countertop for the last few days. Both of them are looking a little bruised and woe-b-gone.  Last night I had a craving for something fruity and warm, so I turned my apple and pear into applesauce…or pear applesauce…or pearpplesauce….or appearsauce.

This would make a fresh alternative to cranberry sauce for your Christmas dinner or other holiday meal.

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  • 2 apples or pears, or 1 of each (any variety)
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • water


core, and thinly slice apples (and/or pears) into a microwave safe bowl.

Add a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg (you can add more later to taste if you like).

Add 1 tablespoon water for each apple or pear. Cover with a paper towel, and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and then re-cover with paper towel and microwave at 1 minute increments stirring in between until it reaches the desired consistancy, and adding more water if needed. Two apples takes about 5 minutes.

I like a chunkier applesauce.  You can microwave yours longer until it’s more saucy and less chunky.

This recipe can be modified to make more-  just add more apples or pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water accordingly. And if you want, you can dress it up with raisins, cranberries, or nuts.  You can even add a little heavy cream into your cooked applesauce if you like.



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6 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    what a GREAT idea….I frequently have a rather forlorn apple in my bowl…it will now look much more appealing.

  2. Peggy says:

    I can remember my grandma making apple sauce like this all the time. Hers was chunky too. No caned stuff at her house. They lived in the country and had to make do with what they had. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tina says:

    What a wonderful idea!! I am going to make this for my husband with pork chops. He will love it. He always asks if we have applesauce to go with the chops and now he can have homemade. I never thought to do it in the micro….great tip!

  4. Alica says:

    I never knew what to do with that last lonely apple…now I have a great idea! Thanks!

  5. Doe of Mi. says:

    Thank you for this idea. I’ll be making myself some for sure.

  6. Debbie says:

    I like this idea for those not so new looking apples!

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