Padma Lakshmi’s Applesauce for Teddy

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 238
Theme: Snack
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Author and celebrity host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi's applesauce recipe is a go-to dish for adults and children to satisfy their sweet cravings. This applesauce is wholesome and comforting, and avoids the preservatives found in pre-made options at the store. Enjoy it with bread, oatmeal, crackers, or by itself. 


  • 10 medium mixed apples (approximately 3 pounds), cored, peeled, and cut into 16 pieces each
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove


1. Put the apples into a bowl and toss them with the lemon juice.


2. In a deep pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter is evenly melted and slightly brown, add the apples with their juices and stir. Cook for 1 minute.


3. Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves, sprinkling evenly throughout, and stir vigorously to distribute.


4. Raise the heat to medium and cover. Cook covered for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, depending on how chunky you like your applesauce. You’ll need to cook longer for smoother applesauce. Every 5 minutes, uncover and stir briskly, breaking up the chunks of apple with the side of your spoon, then replace the lid.


5. Serve warm.


From Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi. Copyright 2016 Padma Lakshmi. Excerpted by permission of Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.

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