Homemade Applesauce

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This applesauce is delicious! This homemade applesauce recipe tastes like the inside of an apple pie! Applesauce is very easy to make and requires just a few basic ingredients. In its most basic form, you’ll need apples, water, spices and sweetener. Adding Chinese Five Spice allows for a more savory flavor, which is ideal when serving the applesauce alongside roast meats. Homemade applesauce is so easy to make and can be used as an ingredient in lots of different meals.

The best applesauce comes from a mixture of multiple types of apples, rather than just relying on one kind of apple. The best apples to use in that mixture are McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Jonathan apples. The best homemade applesauce is made with fruit that’s distinctly flavored and not too mealy in texture. The flavor profiles of the apples can skew sweet, tangy, or tart, depending on your preference and what spices or sweeteners you’re hoping to add to the mix.

Apples, most importantly, make you a more contented, well-rounded individual with shinier hair, a slimmer waist, a sharper mind, and a more pleasant disposition. Apples are low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol. They don’t offer protein, but apples are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. You have most likely heard the old saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Although eating apples isn’t a cure-all, it is very good for your health.

Serve this Homemade Applesauce with some Roasted Chicken, Roasted Beef or Pan Fried Pork Chops.


Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce scaled

Homemade applesauce is so easy to make and can be used as an ingredient in lots of different meals.

  • Author: Food and Wine
  • Prep Time: :15
  • Cook Time: :30
  • Total Time: 2:00
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: German


  • 2 tablespoons Chinese 5 Spice


Preheat the oven to 350°. Wrap the allspice, cloves, fennel seed, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick and star anise in a small piece of cheesecloth. Using twine, tie the cheesecloth into a bundle.

In a large bowl, toss the apples with 6 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the brown sugar. In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the apples and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until they begin to let off moisture, about 5 minutes. Put the spice bundle in the pot, cover and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, until the apples have softened.

Discard the spice bundle. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the apples, season with sea salt and stir until a chunky sauce forms. Scrape the applesauce into a bowl and serve warm or cover and refrigerate until chilled. The applesauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Applesauce freezes perfectly! To freeze homemade applesauce, wait until it has cooled completely and then put into quart or gallon sized freezer bags. Put the applesauce in the freezer and store it for up to 2 months. Do not refreeze the applesauce once you have thawed it.

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