A good applesauce recipe is as simple as boiling apples in water, blending the apples and adding sweetener to taste. However, thepioneerwoman.com, familyfreshcooking.com and foodnetwork.com have recipes that are different twists on the basic applesauce recipe.
Thepioneerwoman.com has an applesauce recipe that uses apple cider as the liquid, which adds a stronger apple flavor to the sauce. The recipe calls for the classic applesauce spice — cinnamon — and brown sugar for the sweetener. It also suggests optional add-ins such as maple syrup, allspice, butter and nutmeg.
Familyfreshcooking.com has a recipe for raspberry applesauce that calls for apples, fresh or frozen raspberries and ginger. The recipe is naturally healthy and low-calorie, and it suggests that you use a natural low-calorie sweetener if needed to keep the calorie count low.
For a quick treat, foodnetwork.com has a recipe for a 10-minute applesauce. The recipe calls for a combination of Golden Delicious and Fuji apples and a couple of tablespoons of cognac or brandy for additional flavor. Heat the apples in the microwave to soften them quickly before blending with honey, cinnamon and butter. Eat the apple sauce while it is still hot for instant gratification, or refrigerate for a cool snack later.