Apple Pie Applesauce
My grandmother always dotted her pies and fruit crisps with squares of butter, which melted into the crust and gave it a rich flavor that complemented the fruit and spices. In this applesauce recipe, I cook apples with apple pie spices— cinnamon and allspice—and use ghee to add a creamy, buttery flavor. A mix of sweet and tart apples ensures that no added sweetener is needed. The applesauce also works great as baby food. I usually put just a touch of ghee in most of my vegetable or fruit baby purees because the fat helps babies’ little bodies absorb the nutrients. The same is true for adults.
Servings Prep Time
6serving 10minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
6serving 10minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2lb assorted sweet and tart apples(such as Gala, Granny Smith, and Fuji)
  • 2tsp lemon juicefreshly squeezed
  • 2tsp ghee
  • 1/4tsp ground cinnamonplus more for serving
  • 1/8tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8tsp fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place the apples, 3/4 cup water, and the lemon juice, ghee, cinnamon, allspice, and salt in an electric pressure cooker.
  2. If using an Instant Pot, secure the lid and turn the valve to pressure. Select the Manual or Pressure Cook button and set it to high pressure for 5 minutes.Once the timer has sounded, let the machine release the pressure on its own; it will take about 15 minutes. (Alternatively, carefully release the pressure manually.) Remove the lid.
  3. Using an immersion blender or conventional blender, pulse the applesauce to your desired consistency. Serve warm with cinnamon sprinkled on top, or refrigerate and enjoy chilled.
  4. Store the applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 10 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for 6 months. Allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. If desired, reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Tidbits: Spoon applesauce into reusable puree pouches for a nutritious and tidy on-the-go snack for little ones