Ginger Applesauce

10 medium tart apples
2 2-1/2 inch long cinnamon sticks
1 cup apple juice or cider
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

Pare, core and coarsely chop the apples. Place the apples, cinnamon, apple juice and lemon zest in a large pan. Simmer covered, stirring occasionally, over medium low heat until the apples are soft. About 20-25 minutes. Stir in the sugar to taste, ginger and the nutmeg. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Remove cinnamon sticks just before serving. Makes about 6 cups.


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