Friday, September 11, 2009

Spiced Country Applesauce

This is my all time favorite applesauce. Hands down.

In fact, I've become kind of an applesauce snob.  (At least I can admit it -- that's the first step, right?)

This is the only applesauce I will eat.

Yes, I use natural, unsweetened applesauce in baking, but to sit down and actually eat a bowl of applesauce, this is the only one that will do it for me.

The texture. Perfect.

The flavor. Amazing.

The fragrance. LOVE.

Try it. Trust me. You'll never go back to anything else either.

When my sister and I were little, we'd wait anxiously for a warm bowl of applesauce. I bet we looked like salivating puppies awaiting their dinner. But seriously, this was our favorite fall treat. Especially when we'd been apple picking :)

I've made this recipe so many times, it really doesn't have an "exact" recipe. This is the written recipe I got from my mom when I moved out on my own, but I usually decrease the sugar and up the amount of apples.

Spiced Country Applesauce - Mom
{Print Recipe}

2 lbs. apples, peeled, and cut
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 C sugar {depending on apples, you can omit the sugar all together}

Wash, peel and slice apples.

In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 C water to a boil. Add the apples and bring the apples to a boil.

Reduce heat, and simmer, covered for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add water if needed.

Stir in lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.

Serve warm or cold.

We love it topped with granola.


 *Note: You can scale up this recipe easily. I just made a batch using 6 lbs. of Paula Red apples. Yum. I still used about 1 tsp. lemon juice, but upped the cinnamon and nutmeg. I also keep the sugar at about 1/2 C, if that. I usually add and taste to see whether or not I need more sugar. Depending on how sweet or tart your apples are, you can omit the sugar all together {we usually do!}

This post is linked to:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday,
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap
Tuesdays at the Table
Life as Mom's URS
Tasty Tuesdays
Melt in Your Mouth Monday

Mangia Monday
Tasty Tuesday


  1. oh I'm doing this and sending to my son in college. He loves home-made anything, especially apple sauce. Thanks, this looks so yummy and it is apple picking season almost right?

  2. I have done this before but not in a long time. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind word. Blessings.

  3. I am getting ready to start canning a bunch of apple recipes. I want to make apple butter, apple pie filling and applesauce this recipe is perfect. Have you ever made it in the crock pot?

  4. This sounds so wonderful. I have made applesauce for years too. I miss my 3 Granny Smith trees and 1 School Boy tree since I moved though. Now I have to buy them from the store and hope they are fresh. Thanks for stopping by my Julia Child post and commenting and do try the Beef Bourgonin recipe, it is delicious! Have a great weekend with your applesauce!

  5. This looks delicious! I copied the recipe on my computer, so I can try it. I am sure we'll be going apple picking soon. Thanks for sharing it!


  6. This looks so good. Homely, old-fashioned and rib-sticking good. I really like your recipe.

  7. What a coincidence, I just made applesauce last night! I know what you mean about being an applesauce snob....I only like applesauce made from Gravenstein apples! I found your blog awhile ago from a recipe link you posted on the grocery cart challenge(I think?). Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes, I love your blog!

  8. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend??!! Looks delicious, can't wait:)


  9. Yum! I can't wait for some apples in our orchard to be ready. I am going to can a bunch of applesauce. This makes me hungry.

  10. Oh yeah! I love a good applesauce recipe too! I like mine mixed with yogurt. That was one of my all time favorite desserts as a teenager. I remember practically living off of it when I had my wisdom teeth out.

  11. This sauce sounds delicious. I have copied down your recipe to try on a few Guernsey apples before the season ends. Thankyou for sharing the recipe.

  12. Oh, This looks so good you have reminded me to make some again this fall. I like to use a mix of apples. In our area my favorite tart apple is Stamen Winesap and sweet is golden Delicious. I usually mix these two for a great sauce.
    Thanks for stopping by and for such nice comments.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  13. I don't think I've ever heard of adding lemon juice to applesauce. Sounds good!

    We've been blessed to be able to pick apples from a neighbor's trees. I was thinking about saucing some of them so I'll have to try your recipe if I do.


  14. Wow, looks great. I can tell that is some good applesauce. I can see why you are a applesauce snob. Ha ha. Happy TMTT.

  15. Looks amazing! I was thinking about trying my hand at applesauce this year- I'll give this one a shot because I'm pretty picky about it too :)

  16. I've made applesauce before but it always turns brown. I noticed that your is also but mine usually is browner. I know the lemon juice is supposed to help, but I was wondering if you had any other pointers or if it's just supposed to be that way?

  17. Mmm. This is one my list to try for the fall. I need to find an orchard close by and get a bunch of apples.

  18. There's nothing better than homemade applesauce! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I've found that with most apples turned to sauce, no sugar is needed. I roughly chop my apples, put them in the crockpot with a little (like 1/4 cup) water to keep them from sticking, add a cinnamon stick, and put it on low for a few hours. Works great.

  20. I'm going apple picking soon and can't wait to try this receipe!

    Thanks so much for sharing with TATT. :-)

  21. I would love to make this for my 11 month old. She likes very few things, apples being one of them. Please let me know which apples are your favorite for this applesauce. I don't know much about apple varieties.

  22. I will have to try this applesauce. I am usually a nothing added to my applesauce kind of girl, but this sounds almost like apple butter applesauce. Also, can I recommend this mill (

    It is awesome and you don't have to peel your apples, just wash and core and cook down until mushy and run through this mill. It is a great investment since I use mine for tomatoes and peach butter and Blackberry jam and all sorts of things!

  23. Homemade applesauce. YUM!! I'm totally gonna have to hit an orchard now. So many great apple recipes today. Thanks for sharing this one. It's for sure to be a winner here.

  24. I just made this for the first time last week, my in-laws have been giving us tons of apples from their tree and we haven't been able to keep up with eating them, so this was a great way to use the apples up. My 2 year old son loves this applesauce, and I feel good knowing that I have control over what goes into this applesauce and how much sugar he's getting. The store bought stuff has so much extra sugar.

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  26. What a great recipe! It looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  27. I love the idea of eating applesauce with granola! Great idea. Thanks!

  28. My daughter (3 yo) LOVES apple sauce. Now I have to make some. Thanks for an easy recipe! I once made it with a friend and she threw in a handful of red hots. It was really good.


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