Our SPICED APPLESAUCE is perfect on its own, in yoghurt, over ice cream or next to your favourite main.
Applesauce is always a great treat whenever hunger strikes, but this one is so versatile, you’ll be eating it with everything, and we mean everything.
We also like how easy applesauce is to prepare. During the testing of this recipe, we decided to amp up the apple flavour by complementing it with a mix of dark brown sugar, spices and lemon. The result is a SPICED APPLESAUCE like no other.
The toughest part of making this easy applesauce is choosing what varieties of apple to use. Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious are sweet, McIntosh and Jonagold are moderately sweet and Jonathan and Cortland are the most tart of the group.
Sometimes the best applesauce comes together when we combine different varieties, so let experimentation be your guide. Reference the Ontario Apple Growers’ amazing apple usage guide that explains the characteristics of each variety.
So much of the taste of this amazing condiment goes to the spice profile used to flavour it. We love the process of gathering a number of spices and steeping them in boiling water to extract their heady fragrance and bold, warm flavours.
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 they also break down into the sugar, cider and spice mix.
Although you might be tempted to pull out an immersion blender and zip the mixture to a fine consistency, we suggest you don’t. Instead, do a gentle mash with a potato masher if you like a smooth consistency. 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.