Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce | Homan at Home 

Several years ago, I spent a semester working abroad in Recogne, Belgium. My host family belonged to the nobility, so I got to live in a château (true story). Adjacent to the château was the buffalo farm/ Indian museum where I worked as a waitress, cook, dishwasher, laundress, and general maid of all work (Check it out here. It’s a pretty cool place!)

Anyway, while there I met the most incredible cook. She worked for my host family and sometimes I got to help her out. She refused to give out her recipes, but I watched closely and picked up some tips. This recipe for applesauce – or as the Belgians call it, compote des pommes – is one I got from her.

She would make it out of apples fresh picked from the trees in the orchard. I have to settle for some Jonagolds from the Commissary. Not quite the same…

Homemade Applesauce
Serves 4
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  1. 8 medium apples
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  4. 2 cups water
  1. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  2. Put apples into medium pot. Cover with water, cinnamon, and sugar.
  3. Stir to evenly coat apples.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Cover and boil on medium heat for 1 hour.
  6. For smoother sauce, mash with a potato masher, or use a hand mixer or food processor.
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Granny Smith apples make the best tasting applesauce in my opinion, but I’ve used Jonagold, Gala, Fuji, and Braeburn in the past and they’ve all come out well. Whatever you use, you’ll start by peeling and coring your apples. If you have one of those nifty apple corers, you can use that, otherwise, a potato peeler and a knife will do the trick.


Next, chop your apples up. Don’t worry about how large to make the chunks, since it doesn’t matter.


Then, throw your apples in a pot, add your water, cinnamon, and sugar, and boil covered for an hour on medium heat. Do check on the apples a few times to make sure all the water hasn’t boiled off. You can add more water as needed to keep the apples from burning.


Once your apples are done boiling, you have some choices. For very chunky applesauce, you can serve it as is. You can also smooth it a little with a potato masher for smaller chunks, or use a hand mixer or food processor to make your applesauce really smooth. Anyway you choose, it will taste delicious!

Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce | Homan at Home

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I have yet to made homemade applesauce…I know, shameful, lol. It looks like I just might give it a try. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! ~Blessings~

Diane Homan

It’s so easy and delicious! Good luck 🙂

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