Applesauce Take 2.
I know I just made applesauce, but I couldn’t resist.
The applesauce I made a few weeks ago was simple and delicious. But it was also a bit… boring. I stumbled upon this recipe in Traverse magazine and have since dubbed it dessert applesauce.
I was reeled in with the idea of ice cream on top, though I knew that it would be too rich to eat as a side dish with a meal. It reminded me of an apple crisp without the crisp – but even better. Hence the “dessert.”
The recipe specifically warned against using honeycrisp apples, so I used galas. They seemed to work great!
After topping the applesauce with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream, I sprinkled some candied ginger on it too. As you can see, the ice cream got all melty since the applesauce was still warm. I love the combo of the warm apples and cold ice cream together.
I’m amazed that I could even get the applesauce into a bowl and add the ice cream since I couldn’t stop eating it straight from the pot.
from Traverse magazine
4 gala apples, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added this in)
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of nutmeg
vanilla ice cream for serving
Add chopped apples to a pot and just cover with water. Add sugar, syrup, lemon zest, vanilla and spices and bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered until apples are mushy, about 45-60 minutes. Add more water if needed. Turn off heat and mash apples. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Before last week I have never made homemade applesauce, nor had I even tasted it. Now I don’t think I’m ever going to stop making it. Or eating it.
75 Comments on “Applesauce Take 2.”
Oh my GOODNESSSSSSSSSS! That looks sooo good! I just may borrow this recipe to have for a treat this week. :) YUM!!
I’ve never thought about a thicker sweeter dessert applesauce, yum.
greatness! I make my applesauce a little different every time it seems too. That topping seals the deal!
This looks soooo yummy!!!!
I made applesauce yesterday, but this sounds much fancier than mine!!! Mmmm!
This looks SO delicious!
My mom used to make a delicious homemade apple sauce. It smells so good! Adding ice cream is genius.
When i was 12 i made applesauce from my kids betty crocker cookbook. Let me tell you, this looks like one amazing applesauce. I may try it – first time in dozens of years.
This looks terrific… but I’m a little unsure of when you are supposed to add the sugar & maple syrup? Thanks… :)
Ohhhh my! That looks like some seriously good applesauce :)
I made something similar the other day. It was delicious! Your recipe certainly looks MORE appetizing though. And I didn’t have any vanilla ice cream :(
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My mouth is watering..Love love love it!
This looks scrumptious! I have all of the ingredients except the ice cream in my pantry/fridge right now – I’m making this tomorrow!
Do you think i could make this a day ahead? I’m considering it for my contribution to thanksgiving with the in-laws…
other make ahead suggestions welcome!
Yes I think you could! It can be served hot or cold.
ahhh Traverse City, Michigan. Home sweet home! I’m cooking up some delicious apple dessert at the moment, and it smells as good as it sounds! I added vanilla and almond extract (1/2 teaspoon each) plus a touch of honey because I didn’t have cloves or ginger around. It’s gunna be a sweet treat! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes!
This is amazing, I made it for dessert the other night and getting ready to make it again. I added a little pumpkin pie spice and going to put it over vanilla greek yogurt instead.
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This looks so amazing! I am making it now, but my liquid isn’t reducing at all and its still so watery… anyone else have this issue? I love the addition of the candied ginger at the end!
good recipe but nextI won’t add the vanilla. I added a swig of OJ as sub for the lemon zest and didn’t use too much water, apples have a lot of water in them. Decided to change it up by making a crumb topping and threw it in the oven for 10 minutes @ 350. Pretty darn good!
i made this exactly how the directions say (which are not very specific btw). it ended up tasting very bland which was a bummer cause i was so excited to try it. But I saved it by adding 4 more tablespoons of brown sugar to the finished product and now it taste better. as far as the whole ice cream thing,im not sure it goes with ice cream. i thought it would be thicker than normal applesauce but its not. so if you think pairing applesauce and ice cream sounds good then it wouldnt hurt to give it a try.