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Thyme Applesauce Recipe

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Thyme Applesauce Recipe

© 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Homemade applesauce is so simple to make. This version has a subtle hint of thyme flavor, however it is easily omitted for a traditional applesauce. Use a firm, tart apple variety, such as Granny Smith. If you like yours with cinnamon, replace the thyme with 1 cinnamon stick or stir in some ground cinnamon to taste at the end.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 cups


  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 16 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 medium-sized firm, tart apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and quartered


Dissolve the sugar in the water over low heat in a medium saucepan. Add thyme, peppercorns, vinegar, and lemon zest. Stir and simmer uncovered over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add apples and simmer another 10 minutes until apples are soft, but not mushy.

Using a slotted spoon, remove apples to a food processor (or heavy-duty blender), saving the liquid. Pulse apples to your preferred consistency.

Boil reserved apple cooking liquid until reduced to 1 cup. Strain liquid, discarding solids, and stir this syrup into the apple puree.

Yield: about 3 cups
Thyme Applesauce Recipe Photo © 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 4 out of 5
Big hit at dinner party, Member imojol

I made this to go with pork chops. It was a big hit with adults and kids alike. The kids ate it without the pork chop. The adults enjoyed it with.

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