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Orange-Cardamom Applesauce

  • Prep Time 0:25
  • Cook Time 0:35
  • Estimated Cost $8.50

Applesauce has developed a reputation as the least-sexy snack around, and for good reason. The prepackaged kind tends to consist of bland, runny pureed apples, sugar and preservatives. Not only that, but a major applesauce producer recently got all kinds of bad press for its apparent lack of workers union support. Clearly, you’re better off making your own, which is great because it’s absurdly easy and has the added benefit of making your house smell amazing.

Try one swirled into yogurt or spooned over sweet potato pancakes.


  • 3 lbs good cooking apples (Granny Smith, McIntosh, Fuji, etc), peeled, cored and chopped coarsely $3
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges $1
  • 4 tbsp honey Pantry
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom $3 for 1 oz.
  • 1/2 tsp salt Pantry


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot with 1 1/2 cups water. Stir well and cover.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat for 30-35 minutes, or until apples completely break down. Use the back of a wooden spoon to gently smash the apple pieces once they begin to soften. Add more water if the applesauce gets too thick.
  3. Let cool slightly, then serve warm. Alternatively, let cool completely and store in an airtight container or in mason jars until ready to use.

Makes about 6 cups applesauce.

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Lauren, on Jan 9, 11:11 AM, wrote:

This applesauce was good and made my house smell amazing! I think I added too much orange zest and cardamom, as it was more bitter and, well, cardamom-y, than I thought it should be (there’s also a chance that I don’t know how to properly zest an orange); to counter that flavor, I added more honey, water and a splash of OJ. Paired with the sweet potato latkes, it was quite delicious.

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