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I needed a quick way to use up the last fruit in our fruit bowl (apples, apricots, and cherries), and this microwave applesauce recipe was born. The basic recipe has a great bold flavor and is very customizable; add different kinds of fruit or none at all. It also works well doubled. Fast, easy, and delicious way to get your 5-a-day!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine apples, apricots, cherries, honey, lemon juice, butter, sherry, cinnamon, and grains of paradise in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure there is at least 1 inch clearance above the mixture and leaving 1 corner open to vent.

  • Microwave on high power for 10 minutes. Rotate the bowl a quarter turn halfway through if your microwave does not have a turn table. Uncover and microwave for 3 to 5 minutes if too much liquid was released by the fruit.

  • Mash fruit with a potato masher until desired chunkiness is reached. Serve immediately or cool and store in the refrigerator.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute black pepper for the grains of paradise if preferred.

If you are just using apples, with no other juicy fruit, it may be necessary to add 1 tablespoon of water or another liquid.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 18.2g; fat 1.7g; cholesterol 3.8mg; sodium 22.6mg. Full Nutrition