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Apple-Pie Applesauce

Because apples are harvested in the fall, we think of this as the classic back-to-school lunchbox addition — but it’s also a perfect after-dinner treat. Try making it with one kind of apple, then try it with a different kind — or a mix of many kinds — and see if you can tell the difference.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2 Cups

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium-sized pot with lid
  • Large spoon

Ingredients
 

  • 4 apples, scrubbed and diced
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Put the apples, water, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the pot, cover and put on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples are tender, about 20-30 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes to make sure the apples aren’t sticking.
  • Remove from heat, add the lemon juice, vanilla, and salt and stir well.
  • Serve hot, warm, or chilled, or cover and refrigerate up to 4 days.

Notes

GET CREATIVE!
Nutty Apple Pie: Add cup chopped lightly toasted walnuts or pecans just before serving.
RECIPE MATH
If you cut each apple into quarters, and then cut each quarter into 8 slices, how many slices will you end up with from each apple? From all 4 apples?