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Cardamom Applesauce - Äppelmos med Kardemumma

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Cardamom Applesauce - Äppelmos med Kardemumma

Microwave applesauce with cardamom

photo ©Kari Diehl, licensed on 9/26/2011 to About.com
When I was a kid, I remember it being a seasonal rite of September for my mother to make homemade applesauce to freeze for the winter. It was a labor-intense project that took hours, involving not only chopping and cooking bushels of apples, but also pressing them through a fine-meshed sieve with a wooden paddle to remove the baked apples from their peels and cores. Thus it's not surprising that it was Mom who clued me in a few years ago about the best way to make fresh applesauce - in the microwave in under fifteen minutes! It's a good idea to make extra, so you can both enjoy it on its own and use it for classic applesauce cakes like Skånsk Äppelkaka.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 cups of cardamom applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp. sugar 1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly ground cardamom (add the full tsp. if you want the cardamom to really dominate the flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 8 large apples (about 4 pounds)

Preparation:

In a 2-quart microwavable casserole dish, whisk together the water, lemon juice, sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Peel, pare, and coarsely chop the apples, dropping them into the water as you go along to prevent excessive browning.

Once all of your apples have been chopped, stir them well so that are all moistened. Cover dish, place in microwave, and cook on "High" for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove dish from microwave and stir the apples. Cover and return the dish to the microwave; cook on "High" for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove dish from microwave and pound the apples with a potato masher until the applesauce is as coarse or as fine as you prefer. Cool, then refrigerate or freeze until needed.

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