Recipe: Spiced Apple Sauce with Red Wine

]Spiced Apple Sauce, with its smooth texture and gentle, warm flavors, has made it to our kitchen table frequently in the last few months as we use up overwintered apples in preparation for the coming harvest.   Stewed in red wine and spices, the apples take on a lovely rosy color and a mild sweetness.  Like many of the best desserts, this applesauce can be made without any additional sweeteners and you’ll find it lacks the cloying sweetness found in store-bought varieties; indeed, without the addition of honey, sugar or other sweeteners the true flavor of the apples and spices can really shine, and for this reason it pairs beautifully with roast meats or served on its own. 

Apples enjoy a rich history.  First cultivated in central Asia, apples number among the most widely varied fruits – with thousands of varieties traditionally bred though only a few are widely available in the produce section of your grocery store.  Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals which include potassium, and for this reason they’re often lauded for their health benefits – as research indicates these humble fruit may offer some protection against heart disease and various cancers.

spiced apple sauce with red wine

By Jenny Published: May 18, 2010

    The natural sweetness overwintered apples shines in this recipe and is complemented by the richness of wine and spices. It is pleasant and mild, and free of additional sweeteners. In our home, we serve it alongside roast pork during supper, or on its own as a simple dessert. If you’re interested in learning to prepare more wholesome desserts without the addition of sweeteners, check out the upcoming cooking class here at Nourished Kitchen.

    Ingredients

    • 1 stick cinnamon
    • 6 to 8 pods cardamom (smashed)
    • 1 tbsp whole cloves
    • 3 lbs apples (peeled, cored and chopped coarsely)
    • 2 cups red wine

    Instructions

    1. Place spices in a 100% cotton muslin bag or cheesecloth tied with a string and set them in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
    2. Add chopped apples to the saucepan along and pour two cups of any red wine you have on hand over the apples.
    3. Gently stew the chopped apples in wine and spices over a low flame until they become soft and so tender they fall apart at the slightest pressure.
    4. Allow the stewed apples to cool to room temperature before running them through a food processor, blender or foodmill until the applesauce becomes smooth and uniform.

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    1. Mikel says

      Apples and red wine and some of my favorite spices?! Sounds too good NOT to try! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    2. says

      I love making applesauce on the weekends. I cut and peel the apples, put them in the crock pot, and add some cinnamon and they are good to go – no extra sugar or sweetener needed. Does the wine cook off? I ask because can you feed this to the kids?

    3. primosearch.com says

      I love making applesauce on the weekends. I cut and peel the apples, put them in the crock pot, and add some cinnamon and they are good to go – no extra sugar or sweetener needed. Does the wine cook off? I ask because can you feed this to the kids?
      +1

    4. Christina says

      I love this recipe so much I actually took it a step further and turned it into apple butter to send in gift baskets to loved ones as an inexpenive and delicious gift.

    5. says

      this recipe for spiced applesauce with red wine sounds very good but according to webMd.com for 6 servings the calorie count is 395 and protein is 26.8g. Can I assume this is for the total recipe and that each serving in fact contains only 66 calories and approximately 4.4 g. protein? I hope so!! Please confirm my thoughts.

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