Roasting apples in sugar and spice give them a warmth that’s perfect for fall, rainy days or even just an afternoon snack. Use a mixture of apples for the fullest flavor. This applesauce is great served along pork dishes.

Roasted Applesauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Roasted Applesauce


  • 3 pounds apples, peeled and quartered (use an assortment - Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Macintosh)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Add apples, water, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and salt to roasting pan. Add butter pieces to the top of apples.
  2. Roast until apples are very soft, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Puree using food mill. Serve warm alongside roast pork.
  4. Applesauce can be refrigerated in an airtight jar for 5 days.

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