The Smell of Roasted Apples
You guys, I don’t know if there is anything better. There are lot of smells I like: meat in the crockpot, morning coffee, and garlic sizzling in butter. But. I think the smell of apples roasting with cinnamon and spices tops them all. It’s a scent that feels like a hug, or a warm blanket, or like everything will be ok. It’s just incredible.
Plus, what you get at the end is nothing short of amazing. This is nothing like the cold, store bought applesauce you pour out of a jar. This is spoon-licking, can I have some more, cheer worthy applesauce. I served this to my kids last week and they came back for seconds and thirds.
How to Make Roasted Applesauce
Start with three pounds of apples. I like the tartness of green apples, so I used mostly those. If you choose all sweet apples, you may want to use less coconut sugar. Core and slice the apples. You can peel them first if you like, but I like the texture and nutrition that the peels add.
Toss them with coconut sugar and spices, and scatter butter on top. Roast for about 40 minutes until soft, then puree. It’s that easy!
You can also roast the apples with less sugar, add red onion, and skip the food processor. This would make an excellent side dish to pork or stewed meat.
How to Serve Roasted Applesauce
This is wonderful served warm, right after pureeing. However, here are some other ways to serve it:
However you serve this, it’s sure to be a hit. You may want to make a double batch!
Before You Go…
Don’t forget about these other seasonal apple recipes:
Thanks for reading, and see you next time!
- 9×13 glass casserole or large sheet pan
- Food Processor or food mill
- 3 lbs apples (about 10 medium) I used mostly green apples, with a few red
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- pinch cloves
- pinch salt
- 3 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Core apples and slice (if you prefer to peel the apples, do so before slicing). Place apples in casserole dish.
- Mix together coconut sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Pour over apple slices and toss together. Cut butter into pieces and scatter on top of apples.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Apples are done when you can easily pierce them with a fork. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then puree in a food processor. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 7 days.