Spiced Applesauce - Weekend at the Cottage

Spiced Applesauce

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all the spices except for the cinnamon into a small bowl. Add the boiling water and let spices steep for 15 minutes or longer for a more robust flavour . Strain. Reserve liquid, discard spices.
  2. Place the apples in a medium-sized saucepan and add the brown sugar, lemon juice, spiced liquid and ground cinnamon. Stir together and cook on medium for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the apples are soft, mash them gently, then cool.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate and use within two weeks.
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Stewed apples flavoured with assorted fragrant spices, brown sugar and lemon…

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Spiced Applesauce

Serve a dollop of SPICED APPLESAUCE next to your next sweet or savoury recipe

Applesauce is a great treat to have at the ready for whenever hunger strikes and you go looking for a quick snack. It’s also wonderful spooned onto cereal, fresh fruit or yoghurt, and don’t be surprised to see it next to a favourite entree; applesauce is a beloved condiment too.

We also like how easy applesauce is to prepare. During the testing of this recipe, we decided to amp up the flavour of the apples by complimenting them with a mix of dark brown sugar, spices, cider and lemon. The result is a SPICED APPLESAUCE like no other.

Apples being chopped up for the spiced applesauce

APPLE PICKS

Making this applesauce is easy enough, the toughest part being what varieties of apple to use. Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious apples are sweet, McIntosh and Jonagold are moderately sweet and Jonathan and Cortland are the most tart in this group.

Honeycrisp Apples

Sometimes, the best applesauce comes together when we combine different varieties. Let experimentation be your guide. Head HERE to reference the Ontario Apple Growers amazing chart that explains the characteristics of each variety.

Spiced Applesauce

MASH UP

Cooking this sauce on moderate heat is the way to go, but don’t cook for too long – apples get tender quite quickly, and in this recipe, also break down into the sugar, cider and spice mix. Although you might be tempted to pull out an emersion blender and zip the mixture to a fine consistency, we suggest you don’t. Instead, do a gentle mash with a potato masher. You’ll see how having little bits of apple chunks in the finished sauce adds interest and pops of flavour when you go to enjoy.

I already mentioned a few ways you can enjoy this SPICED APPLESAUCE, but here’s how we do things at Weekend at the Cottage! Serve it with plain yoghurt and this GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA. Imagine it all chunky and drippy over this HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM. Lastly, place a little bowl of it on your table when you make and serve our OVEN-ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN or these BREADED PORK CHOPS. Works each and every time.

Pick some apples then make this SPICED APPLESAUCE. You’re going to love it!

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Spiced Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon whole cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all the spices except for the cinnamon into a small bowl. Add the boiling water and let spices steep for 15 minutes or longer for a more robust flavour . Strain. Reserve liquid, discard spices.
  2. Place the apples in a medium-sized saucepan and add the brown sugar, lemon juice, spiced liquid and ground cinnamon. Stir together and cook on medium for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the apples are soft, mash them gently, then cool.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate and use within two weeks.

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