Classic Apple Sauce Classic Apple Sauce

Classic Apple Sauce | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei

Homemade applesauce is easy to make, and the variations below transform it from classic to truly special!

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 35 minutes
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



Peel, core and chop apples. In large saucepan, bring apples, cider, cinnamon sticks and lemon zest to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 25 minutes. 

Remove cinnamon sticks; discard. Using potato masher, mash apple mixture until chunky (for smoother sauce, use immersion blender and purée until smooth). Stir in lemon juice. Add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until desired sweetness. 

Pack into six 1 1/2-cup canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace; let cool completely. Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Makes 6 cups.


Test Kitchen Tip:

Golden Russet or McIntosh apples are ideal for applesauce because their natural sweetness means you need to add less sugar. Use a fine grater to grate leftover cinnamon sticks into a powder. So fragrant!


Change it up:

1. Sugar & Spice
Add 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice to apple mixture before cooking. Omit granulated sugar; sweeten to taste with 2 to 4 tbsp dark brown sugar.


2. Hot Toddy
After apple mixture is mashed, stir in additional 1 tbsp lemon juice and 4 to 6 tbsp rum or whiskey. Omit granulated sugar; sweeten with 1 to 3 tbsp liquid honey. 


3. Orange & Saffron
Substitute grated orange zest for lemon zest, and orange juice for apple cider and lemon juice. Substitute 4 whole star anise for cinnamon sticks; add generous pinch of saffron before cooking. Sweeten with 1 to 2 tbsp granulated sugar.


4. Cranberry Ginger
Stir 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries into apple mixture. Substitute 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger for cinnamon sticks; add 1/2 cup granulated sugar before cooking. After cooking, sweeten with 1 to 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Nutritional facts Per 1/2 cup: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Sugars 17 g
  • Calories 76
  • Potassium 142 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g


  • Iron 1
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin C 7
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