Homemade Spiced Applesauce

by Suzanne on January 10, 2012

in Preserving

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This recipe comes from Ina Garten, one of my favorite cooks and cooking shows, she has the best recipes. I have wanted to try my hand at applesauce because its a staple at our house. My kids don’t like apples with the peel on them (weird I know) so I usually buy unsweetened applesauce for them and put it in lunch boxes or for healthy snacking. I am so glad I made this apple sauce it’s delicious with a nice citrus taste and a warm spice flavor. If you are not a huge fan of citrus flavor then cut down the amount of zest you use in the recipe or cut it altogether. I happen to like a lot of citrus flavor and cinnamon flavor so this recipe was perfect for me. I wanted to preserve my applesauce so I canned mine with my steam canner.   If you don’t have a steam canner then use a water bath canner or pressure canner and enjoy your own applesauce.

Homemade Spiced Applesauce

4 pounds Granny Smith apples cored and peeled
4 pounds McIntosh,Ambrosia,Gala or other sweet apple cored and peeled
2 oranges zested and juiced
1 lemon zested and juiced
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 T. unsalted butter
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground all-spice
1/2 tsp. salt

Step 1: Zest the citrus and juice then set aside.
Step 2: Peel and core the apples saving the red skinned apples peel.
Step 3: Slice apples thin and put in a large stock pot. Pour juice over then add the remainder of the ingredients including the red apple peels.
Step 4: Bake the apples covered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The apples should be soft and when stirred together they fall apart. When done take out the red apple peel, then stir the apples until the desired consistency. I used an immersion blender to get the texture I liked, a counter top blender or hand mixer could be used as well.
Makes: 2 1/2 quarts of applesauce.
Notes: Store applesauce in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or you may can the applesauce to preserve it. I’m going to refer you to another post where I explain how to can with photo directions. If you follow the directions for canning you will process the bottles for 15 minutes in a water bath canner or steam canner. Then the applesauce will keep for 1 year in a cool dry environment.
When making this applesauce it calls for saving the red peels and cooking it with the apples, I’m not sure how vital this is to the recipe. It wasn’t a problem for me because I have an apple peeler that keeps the peel together, if you don’t have that kind of peeler then possibly you could leave the peel out.

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1 Destri January 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I had homemade applesauce for the first time when Maria made it, and oh my goodness. You have to save some for me! That looks delicious.
I love Ina too, Aaron has a crush on her 🙂

2 Suzanne January 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I have a jar waiting for you when you coming over?

3 Amy (Savory Moments) January 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

Looks great! I always make a big batch of applesauce in October after we go apple picking. I like to freeze it and then I pull out a container or two for Thanksgiving and any other time the mood strikes.

4 Paula (Salad in a Jar) January 11, 2012 at 6:30 am

I recently made my own applesauce in a slow cooker but wasn’t so happy with the spices. This sounds perfect so I I will try your version next time. However, I discovered spiced, homemade applesauce is wonderful mixed up with my Greek yogurt. Great snack.

5 Curt January 11, 2012 at 6:32 am

This sounds very tasty. I used to can applesauce years ago.

6 Mary January 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

This looks really wonderful. I love homemade apple sauce and apple butter. I’ll have to give your recipe a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

7 Jen @ pretty plate January 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

Ouww I looovee homemade applesauce! This sounds delicious!

: ))

8 Lottie @ Lottiesworldofcakes January 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Lovely photos! And it sounds delicious too!

9 Liz January 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Mmmmmmm….I love homemade applesauce! Your recipe sounds fabulous~

10 Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} January 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I too love to make homemade apple sauce. I take my boys to apple orchard to pick the apples then we make fresh sauce and other treats.

11 Savvy Selebrations January 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Homemade apple sauce is my favorite! Looks delicious!

12 Sammie January 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I love apple sauce! I usually use it as a healthy substitute for butter or margarine when I bake cakes or other quick bread! Never thought of making my own! This is wonderful!!! 🙂

13 Jenny @ Savour the Senses January 18, 2012 at 12:58 am

I have still never had homemade applesauce, but I love store bought. I definitely need to try this! Great photos too =)

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