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Whenever I’m looking for a new recipe I turn to Martha. I received a food mill for my birthday earlier this month and decided to test it out with apples from my annual apple picking trip. It was definitely a success and a great addition to my kitchen. If you like the taste of apple pie, minus the crust, you’ll love this recipe. It’s good warm, cold and at room temperature. And I’m sure it would also be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


Makes 4 cups

1/4 cup water

5 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Pinch of coarse salt

2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

3 pounds apples (about 10) peeled, cored and quartered

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine water, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Scatter butter pieces over mixture, and top with apples. Roast until apples are very soft, about 30 minutes.

Apples fresh out of the oven

Working in batches, pass apple mixture through the medium disk of a food mill and into a bowl. If you don’t have a food mill you could use a food processor or you could even use a potato masher since they are pretty soft after roasting.

Apples in food mill

Stir in spices. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Applesauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.