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Spiced Applesauce


Spiced Applesauce

It’s easy to make your own applesauce and, if you add spices to it, it tastes a lot like apple pie. Do you like to peel your apples before cooking them? Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. If you don’t peel them, just cut the chunks nice and small so there aren’t big pieces of peel in your applesauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium Pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pot holders
  • Potato masher or fork
  • Lidded container


  • 8 apples, peeled (if you like), cored, and diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cardamom
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Put the apples, water, and spices in the pot, cover it, and put it on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples are very tender and falling apart, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the apples aren’t sticking. If the apples are tender but there is still a lot of water, keep cooking.
  • Add the salt and lemon juice and stir well. Set aside to cool a bit, about 10 minutes. If the applesauce isn’t as smooth as you like it, stir it vigorously with a spoon or whisk. Serve right away, or put it in the container and refrigerate until cold. The applesauce will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 4 days.
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