Orange-Cardamom Applesauce

I have modified the recipe I found on, which is a great website for finding recipes.


  • 3 pounds orchard apples, any kind, in any condition
  • 2 oranges: zest and juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups water


  1. Core the apples, cut out worms, and put apples in medium saucepan. No need to peel or chop.
  2. Sprinkle the lemon juice on the apples and toss to try to keep them from browning.
  3. Grate the zest and then juice the oranges, and add zest and juice to apples.
  4. Add honey and seasonings: cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
  5. Add water, stir, and cover pot.
  6. Simmer, covered, for an hour or so, until apples are mushy. Add more water if needed.
  7. Remove cover and stir and mush up apple pieces. If applesauce is too watery, continue to simmer until it’s the right thickness.
  8. Let cool and put in food processor or Vitamix until it’s the consistency you want.

Makes about 6 cups of applesauce.

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