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  • Writer's picturePrachi Marfatia

Applesauce 2 Ways!

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Just as the title suggests, this is a chunky, applesauce-y topping perfect for pancakes, waffles, and just about anything else you can imagine.

Applesauce. The condiment that I love so much, and have tried to make countless times, and not necessarily failed at it, but spent a lot of not-needed time and energy into it. It has always been some recipe or the other, telling you to cook on low heat, stir frequently, add this, add that, mash the apples-no, cut the apples - wait, actually, mash them afterwards. The result of this is a somewhat mediocre applesauce AND a mountain of pots, dishes, and potato mashers left to clean. And no one wants that, least of all me.

I also recently have been on a mission to make my recipes more accessible and doable for people with minimal equipment and kitchen appliances, which is why this is "applesauce 2 ways" and not "warm yummy applesauce". It's still warm and yummy, though, don't get me wrong!

If you've seen my apple pie oatmeal recipe, that was partly the inspiration for this.(Also, I was super bored of eating pancakes with maple syrup). And if you've seen my new gingerbread pancake recipe, you probably recognize the picture above. Yes, it is the same picture, don't shame me, okay? I was hungry, and those pancakes were just begging me to devour them. So, I, uh, recycled the photos.



Course: Condiment

Author: Prachi Marfatia

Serves: 2 servings of pancake-topping quantity.


2-3 medium apples, roughly diced

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1-2 tsp molasses, maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar

1/2 cup water

Stovetop Method:

Place the apples in a small pot and pour in the molasses/sugar. Add the water, put on medium flame, and cover with a lid. Simmer on the heat for 5-7 minutes, then stir. Place the lid back on top and cook for 8-10 more minutes, stirring in about the middle(this is very low-maintenance though). You can make something else while it's cooking, like my gingerbread pancake recipe or some waffles. Now place on low heat for 5 more minutes, and stir in the cinnamon. Your applesauce is done!

Microwave Method:

Place the apples and molasses/maple syrup/sugar in a microwave-safe bowl or mug. Add in half of the water, then microwave on regular setting for 3 minutes. Remove, stir, and microwave for 3 more minutes. Lastly, stir again, add the cinnamon and other spices of choice, then microwave for 2-4 more minutes. Then remove(carefully), and enjoy!

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