Fast & Festive Apple Sauce with Cinnamon and Cloves

I just posted 9 different recipes for latkes and 5 recipes for dipping sauces and creams. But where’s the apple sauce, my favorite condiment for latkes? Latkes with no apple sauce???? NOOOOOO!!!

Relax. Here is a fast (we’re talking 20 minutes max) and festive apple sauce. It’s rich, sweet from the apples and a little brown sugar, tart from a hint of lemon juice and delicious from cinnamon and cloves. It smells as wonderful as it tastes.

If you use sweet apples, you may not need sugar at all. I only add tart green apples so I added 1 Tbs. of brown sugar. You can adjust it to your own sweet taste. I usually buy unsweetened apple sauce so I didn’t need a lot of sugar. I like the look and the taste of some peel in my sauce so I didn’t worry about getting every bit of peel off.

This recipe has just 6 ingredients. No added apple cider or apple juice. What for? To make it taste like apples? That’s what the apples do! My Fast and Festive Apple Sauce is so delicious, I may never buy jarred apple sauce again. Enjoy!

Fast & Festive Apple Sauce with Cinnamon and Cloves

4 large apples, peeled, cored and diced


1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil


½ tsp. cinnamon


¼ tsp. ground cloves


1 Tbs. brown sugar


1 tsp. lemon juice

Prepare the apples. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Saute the diced apples in the oil for 3-4 minutes. Add the cinnamon and cloves. Cover the pot and let cook until the apples are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add water, if necessary. When the apples are tender, decide if you want to add sugar. If you do, start with ½ Tbs. of brown sugar and use up to 1 Tbs. Cook until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Let cool. Refrigerate if you want to eat it chilled.


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4 Responses to Fast & Festive Apple Sauce with Cinnamon and Cloves

  1. Gary December 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I was going to make one of your wonderful latke variations tonight. Alas, I didn’t have time, but I did have time to make this, which was a lovely side dish to a take-out entree. There’s enough for tomorrow night’s latkes. 🙂

  2. Rhea Parsons December 12, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I got a Vitamix for Chanukah last year but I haven’t used it yet. I like doing things by hand. I hate gadgets other than my TofuXpress 🙂 Thanks for the tips!!

  3. Unknown December 12, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    If you have a Vitamix you can toss the washed, cored (but not peeled) apples in it with just a tiny bit of water to get it going. Voila in 30 seconds you have apple sauce. A little lemon juice will keep it from going brown and 1/2-1 tsp of cinnamon will make it sweet. Yum! If you have a dehydrator any leftovers can be made into fruit leather.

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