It's time to shake up the classic homemade applesauce recipe! Let's add a splash of Bourbon and freshly squeezed orange juice, then give it a swirl and simmer with a few apples, a vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. Yes, this Bourbon spice applesauce recipe is that easy! And to make this recipe even easier, I cut out the cutting (see what I did there?). Just roughly quarter the apples leaving the seeds and stem still attached - don't worry, they will get milled out and separated later. Oh, and while simmering away, this recipe might make your whole house smell like the holidays. You've been warned.
I don't think I realized how ridiculously easy applesauce could be until I saw this recipe in Bon Appetite Magazine. Using their recipe as my guide, I spiced up the classic applesauce with some extra boozy and citrusy ingredients to elevate this fruity side dish. The result was absolutely magical. I could seriously eat this Bourbon spice applesauce right out of the bowl, warm, with a spoon. Every day. All day.
Now, let's get (apple) saucy!
Rustic Bourbon Spice Applesauce
Serves: 4, Total Time: 1 hour, Cook time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Ingredients: 4 apples (quartered), juice from 2 medium oranges, 1 cup Bourbon, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 split vanilla bean. Optional Topping: Powdered cinnamon.
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a pot and stir. Make sure the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean are submerged in the liquid, then cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium-low heat for 45 minutes - 1 hour. You can stir once or twice but it's not required. Once the apples are nice and extra soft, take the pot off the heat, then carefully remove and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Pour everything into a food mill (apples and all liquid), and turn through a small hole disk into a serving bowl. Enjoy warm right off the stove or chill in the refrigerator before serving.
No food mill? No problem. Check out the alternative method in the recipe notes at the bottom of the page.
Look closely and you can see the vanilla specks, dashes of cinnamon, and pieces of orange! I just love this recipe so much and I may have taken one too many giant warm spoonfuls right after I finished the photo shoot. I'm not sure why my first batch of homemade applesauce took me so long to try but it's the easiest recipe and I loved getting to use Fall ripened ingredients.
Have you ever had homemade applesauce? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section!Print
Bourbon Spice Applesauce
It's time to shake up the classic homemade applesauce recipe! Let's add a splash of Bourbon and freshly squeezed orange juice, then give it a swirl and simmer with a few apples, a vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. This is a 'no fuss' recipe that doesn't need any babysitting. Just toss in the ingredients, let simmer for a while, then it's ready. Full of delicious apples, this no sugar added recipe is sweet enough for dessert or fiber-full enough to be an afternoon snack. Plus, when simmering, this recipe will make your kitchen smell like the holidays!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stewing
- Cuisine: American
- 4 apples (preferably Golden Delicious)
- 2 oranges, juiced (preferably Naval or Cara Cara)
- 1 cup Bourbon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla bean (can substitute with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
Garnish: Dash of powdered cinnamon
- Prepare the apples by peeling (optional), cutting into quarters, and removing the stem and seeds. Using a knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle.
- Add all ingredients to a pot and stir making sure the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean are submerged in the liquid.
- Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium heat for 45 minutes - 1 hour. You can stir once or twice but it is not required.
- Once the apples are nice and soft, take the pot off the heat and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.
- Using an emersion blender, puree the apples in the pot with the remaining liquid until you reach your desired consistency.
- Enjoy warm or chill in the refrigerator before serving.
For a really rustic apple sauce texture, use a food mill with the medium disk instead of an emersion blender.
You can substitute some or all of the Bourbon with more freshly squeezed orange juice or water.
Each ½ cup serving is equal to 1 ¼ serving of fruit.
- Serving Size: ½ cup
- Calories: 238
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 2 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 24 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 1 g
Keywords: Bourbon applesauce
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