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You can customize your homemade applesauce by adding a choice of flavoring, such as vanilla, lemon, or spice.
8 apples (see Note), peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1.) In 2-quart microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100 percent) 12 to 14 minutes or until apples are tender. (If microwave does not have carousel, rotate dish every 4 minutes.) Stir sugar and choice of flavoring.
2.) Microwave on high 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside to cool before serving. If finer texture is desired, mash or puree apple mixture and put through strainer.