Recipe: Quick Applesauce

Ingredients:

 4 apples (about 2 pounds)
2-4 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup apple juice or water
a 3-inch strip of lemon zest
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter (optional)

Instructions:

Wash, core, and cut the apples in chunks as for mashed potatoes. (If you’re not using a food mill or strainer, you may want to peel the apples With a vegetable peeler, peel a large strip of the yellow skin (“zest”) from a washed, preferably organic, lemon. In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan cook everything except cinnamon and butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft, 15-20 minutes. Fish out the zest. Mash with a fork or run through a food mill. Stir in the cinnamon and butter. Serve the applesauce warm or chilled.

Notes:

Butter is traditionally added to applesauce to make it richer. You can leave it out if you like.