- 5 pounds mixed apples, washed, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- sugar (optional)
- If canning, prepare a waterbath and 4 pint jars
- Place apples in a large, nonreactive pot with enough apple juice/water to prevent sticking.
- Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often.
- When apples have softened, use an immersion blender or a potato masher and process to desired consistency.
- Add spices and lemon juice. Taste and add sugar if desired.
- Return to simmer. If canning, keep on simmering while filling jars. Leave 3/4-inch headspace. Place in prepared waterbath canner and process for 20 minutes.
- If not canning, let cool and then refrigerate or freeze.
I love making applesauce. I usually don't "spice it up," but I wanted to make at least one version. I named this Autumn Applesauce because, well, apples are their best in autumn. Plus, the spices remind me of autumn and some of my favorite dishes of the season.