Homemade Baked Citrus Applesauce

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent most of my summer at Tougas Farm picking blackberries, blueberries, AND apples. Lots of apples. Here’s a quick snapshot of my apple picking adventures.

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And every time I posted a picture, y’all asked what I do with all those apples. And, honestly, I eat half of them as a snack. I carry an apple in my coat pocket most days. But, my mom (the masterful chef in our house) is more than willing to make treats with them, such as last year’s Baked Cranberry Apples.

This year she whipped up a new surprise for us: Homemade Baked Citrus Applesauce. And, let me tell you, I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved the fresh citrus bite, and when she baked it in the oven, the coziest smell wafted through our home.

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My new favorite applesauce
Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
Beautiful applesauce on a fall day.

And, best of all, this recipe takes all the work out of making applesauce. By baking it in the oven, it’ll do a lot of the work for you. How cool!

Now, maybe you weren’t as lucky as us and couldn’t pick delicious, fresh apples through the end of October this year. In which case, you’ll need to pin it for next year! But for those of you with some fresh apples sitting in your fridge, I guarantee this is a treat your whole family will love.

So, let’s start cooking!

Homemade Applesauce with a Citrus Flare

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs. fresh tart apples – such as Macoun or Cortland
  • 2 large navel oranges, zested and juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and place in a large nonreactive Dutch over or enameled iron pot. If apples are really large, cut in to eighths. Hold onto the peel of one of the apples.Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
  3. Add the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon to the apples and toss well.
    Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
    Love the citrus flare to this dish!

    Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
    The zest is the best!
  4. Add the saved apple peel, brown sugar, allspice and cinnamon (if using).Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)

    Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
    The apple peel is back!
  5. Cover the pot. Bake for 1½ hours or until all the apples are soft.

    Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
    Our new pot is so clean still!
  6. Remove and discard the red apple peel.Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
  7. Mix apples with a whisk until smooth.Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

    Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)
    Can you see the zest?

Tips and Tricks

  • You don’t need it, but you can add two teaspoons of cinnamon too as seen in Ina’s link below. (I can’t have cinnamon, so I wouldn’t do that!)

*Adapted from Ina Garten’s Recipe on the Food Network.


Recipe for Homemade Baked Applesauce with a Citrus Flare! This applesauce will be a hit with the whole family. (Gluten Free, Vegan, Free of Top 8 Allergens)I am of course brining this fresh applesauce to my friends over at Fiesta Friday. For those of you who don’t know Fiesta Friday is my favorite link-up in the blogosphere and this week I’m co-hosting!

To add your link go to the Fiesta Friday homepage. It can be about anything that you want to bring to the party: food, decorations, stories, photographs, etc. (There are a few guidelines you must follow to be featured.)

Lastly, be sure to tag your post with “Fiesta Friday” and to link back to the hosting blogs, so we can come stop by. (That’s the Novice GardenerThe Not So Creative Cook, and me!) I can’t wait to see what else y’all bring to the party.

Happy Cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

20 thoughts on “Homemade Baked Citrus Applesauce

    1. Thanks, Hilda! One of my favorite parts is how amazing the house smells too. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try! 😀

  1. I haven’t tried Apple-picking, but I’d really love to. Also, I am not a huge fan of Apples, but I love the Pink Lady ones – they are too delicious and sweet. Your Homemade Baked Citrus Applesauce is really interesting and will also make a good/healthy substitute for sugar in baking. 😀 Thanks for sharing this, Kaila, and I am happy to be co-hosting with you. I hope you are having a fab time. 🙂 xx

    1. Jhuls, I’m so happy to be co-hosting with you too! I’ll be up and about at the party in a couple of hours. 🙂 I like Pink Ladies too! I’ve learned that people from northern states (especially New England and Michigan) are quite the apple picking snobs. We went picking in Maryland once and it wasn’t the same! But, up here I could go all day, every day. Glad you like the recipe too!! xx

  2. I, too, went overboard with the apple picking. I promised myself I wouldn’t but when I got there, I couldn’t resist. So now apples are everywhere in the house. I even use them to decorate my coffe tables, haha… I should just make apple sauce, and your mom’s version sounds amazing with the citrus juice and zest! 🙂

    1. Ah, yes! My problem this year was that every time we had guests in town, I took them apple picking!! So, lots of trips to the orchard. The zest may be my favorite part of this recipe. Let me know if you give it a try, and have a fabulous weekend! 😀

    1. Thanks! I would say at least a week, but I’ve never gone more than a week because it freezes really well. And, that keeps for awhile, so I definitely recommend freezing it too. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Angela! We eat it with pork too. The night we made it, we actually had pork and sweet potatoes. However, we also eat it as a snack or as a side with any number of dishes. 🙂

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