Spiced Apple Sauce Recipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Active Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 20 min.1 1/2 lbs. Macintosh apples1/2 cup water1/3 cup of sugar1 cinnamon stick1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg1/2 tsp. lemon zest1 tsp. lemon juiceCut apples into quarters and remove cores. Place in a 4-quart saucepan with water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until apples are softened 15 â€“ 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Press apple mixture through a food mill set over a large bowl. Discard skins. Serve warm or refrigerate.Cookin’ with Cathy CwiC TipTo freeze apple slices1) Blanch in boiling water – 2 minutes2) Plunge into ice water to stop cooking 3) Drain4) Freeze on a sheet panApples can be frozen for up to 9 months.