Barefoot Contessa's Oven Baked Homemade Applesauce

READY IN: 16mins
Recipe by Irish Rose

Boy, this recipe takes all the work out of making applesauce. I saw Ina Garten make this on one of her shows and knew I definitely would have to try it. Use whatever apple combinations you want.

Top Review by frinnes_11137939

With respect to Irish Rose, I don't see how this recipe takes all the work out of making applesauce. The work, surely, is in the coring, peeling, slicing the apples, which has to be done whether the apples are cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. I just don't get the advantage of using the oven for applesauce, and although the flavor of this recipe was fine (though another time I'd cut the spices by half), I found that when oven-baked the end result was an unappetizing brown color. Personal preference, of course.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter and core the apples (reserving the peel of 2 of the red apples) and toss them in the juice.
  3. Pour the apples, reserved apple peel and juice into a nonreactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot.
  4. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and allspice and cover the pot. Bake for 1 hour or until all the apples are soft.
  5. Remove and discard the red apple peel. Mix with a whisk until smooth and serve warm or at room temperature.

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