Applesauce with Dried Cranberries

Applesauce with Dried Cranberries

2 1/4 lb. large McIntosh apples-peeled, quartered and cored

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Three 1-by-3-inch strips of lemon zest

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 C. sparkling apple cider

1/2 C. dried cranberries


In a large saucepan, bring the apples, lemon juice and zest, sugar, sparkling cider and cranberries to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the apples soften, 20 minutes; stir to break up the apples slightly. Transfer to a bowl; discard the lemon zest. Serve warm or at room temperature. Make Ahead: The applesauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.






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