Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

I made this for the holidays, and it was truly the best applesauce I've ever had. The apartment smelled incredible while it was cooking! I used a mixture of Gala and Fuji apples, although any apples should be fine. Courtesy of

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring all ingredients except the vanilla extract to a boil in a 6-qt. saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the apples start to break down.
  2. Uncover and cook for a further 1-1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture has reduced by about a third and the sauce becomes thick and amber-colored.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Serve warm or cool.


Most Helpful

Wow this is a delicious applesauce! For me the addition of the vanilla really gave it that something special. I scaled the recipe to 1 lb of apples (used Granny Smith) and did not peel them for a more rustic texture. Loved this - thanks for sharing the recipe!

loof January 04, 2013

I really liked the flavor the vanilla bean added to this dish but I felt there was a bit too much of another flavor - possibly the nutmeg. From adding nutmeg to it and then the nutmeg in the all spice.

Hill Family January 13, 2014

Truly a 5 star recipe, this is simply delicious. Not difficult to make and sure a lot better than store bought. I made a half recipe using Ambrosia apples. In turn I used this to make Recipe #272232 using the spice in the applesauce for that ask for in the muffins . All sugar was replaced with Splenda. I should add that I left the spice at the original amount even though I just made half the recipe.

Annacia November 28, 2013

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