Spiced Applesauce - Weekend at the Cottage

Spiced Applesauce

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all the spices except for the cinnamon. Add the boiling water and let the mix steep for 15 minutes or longer for a more robust flavour.
  2. Place the apples in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Strain the spiced liquid into the pot. Stir everything together.
  3. Place pot on stovetop set to medium-high heat and bring to a boil, starring frequently. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and gently mash if desired or serve as-is, hot or cold.
  5. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.
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Freshly picked apples simmered with brown sugar, lemon, cinnamon and a fragrant spiced tea…

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    25 MIN
  • 2 C SERVINGS
Spiced Applesauce

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.

Ingredients for Spiced Applesauce

APPLE PICKS

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.

All of the apples peeled, cored and chopped

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.

A blend of flavourful spices

SPICY McSPICERSON

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.

The apples mixed with the sugar, lemon and spices

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 they also break down into the sugar, cider and spice mix. 

Spiced Applesauce

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.

I already mentioned a few ways you can enjoy this SPICY APPLESAUCE, but here’s how we do things at Weekend at the Cottage: serve it with plain yoghurt and this GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA or imagine it all chunky, dripping over this HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM. Lastly, place a little bowl of it on your table when serving our OVEN-ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN or our incredible OVEN-BAKED HAM. Works each and every time.

Pick some apples and 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 half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all the spices except for the cinnamon. Add the boiling water and let the mix steep for 15 minutes or longer for a more robust flavour.
  2. Place the apples in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Strain the spiced liquid into the pot. Stir everything together.
  3. Place pot on stovetop set to medium-high heat and bring to a boil, starring frequently. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and gently mash if desired or serve as-is, hot or cold.
  5. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.

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