Applesauce in just 15 minutes? Thanks to the Instant Pot, it's now possible. Flavored with nutty brown brown butter and hints of warm cinnamon and cardamom, this recipe is the ultimate way to use up an abundance of fall apples. Using Granny Smith apples keeps the applesauce just tart enough to be used in savory applications like on latkes or pork chops, but it's also great as-is or over pancakes.
2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons water
6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
2 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons salted butter
How to Make It
Stir together apples, sugar, lemon juice, and water in a 6-quart programmable electric pressure cooker. Place cardamom and cinnamon in center of 1 layer of cheesecloth; tie into a bundle. Place spice pouch in cooker.
Close and lock lid of cooker; turn pressure release valve to sealing position. Program cooker to cook on Manual on High Pressure for 2 minutes. Turn pressure valve to the venting position to quickly release pressure (steam) from cooker until float valve drops. Carefully remove lid; transfer apples to a medium bowl. Discard spice pouch.
Melt butter in a small skillet over medium. Cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Vigorously stir butter into apple mixture, mashing apples with the back of a spoon until desired consistency. Serve on latkes, if desired.
This recipe was developed using the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 V2 pressure cooker.