When cooking your own applesauce, choose apples that fall apart during heating, such as McIntosh or Jonathan. By using unpeeled apples, you'll gain nutrients and a richly colored sauce. The ginger and other spices give this applesauce a pleasing vibrancy.
Place apples, apple juice and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add grated ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Simmer, stirring often, until apples are soft, about 20 minutes. Adjust sweetness by adding sugar to taste. Carefully remove whole spices and discard. Put applesauce through a food mill for silky smooth applesauce or serve chunky (with or without the peels) after mashing.
Chef notes: Serve warm or chilled. The applesauce can be made up to a week ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, covered.
Per Serving: Serving size: About 1/2 cup, 130 calories (0 from fat), 33g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 24g sugar), 1g protein.
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