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Easy Apple Sauce

December 18, 2020 by Chris Collins

This is the easiest and most delicious apple sauce you’ll ever make! Perfect with pork or a roast dinner.

apple sauce in small white pot surround by apples and lemon

Homemade Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is one of my favourite condiments out there. It’s packed full of nostalgia for me, something I grew up with and something I still devour to this day. The best thing about apple sauce is it’s so freaking easy to make. Plus, the difference between store-bought and homemade apple sauce is huge. It would be rude not to make at home 😜 First things first, let’s see what you’ll need:

Apple Sauce Ingredients

  • Apples – I prefer sharp green apples like a Bramley. They balance out the sweetness of the sugar nicely. You can use other, sweeter varieties, you’ll just have to adjust or omit the sugar.
  • Sugar – I recommend brown sugar. It’s got a deeper and slightly more subtle sweetness than caster sugar. You know I don’t have a sweet tooth, so this is right at my limit 😂
  • Lemon – This will not only help prevent the apples from browning, but it’ll also balance out the sugar too.
  • Butter – This is my secret weapon. A dash of butter stirred through right at the end adds a gorgeous richness to the sauce.
  • Cinnamon – This is optional, but you can add a pinch if you fancy!

overhead shot of apple sauce ingredients with text labels

How to make Apple Sauce

Easiest thing in the world to make. You don’t need water or juice, just bung the apple, sugar and lemon juice in a pot and simmer over low-medium heat. The apple will gradually break down and start forming a sauce. At first it’ll seem like the apples are just going to fry, but stick with it and you’ll gradually see them break down.

Once the sauce has formed, I then like to stir through the butter. You won’t need much, but like I said earlier, this adds a gorgeous rich flavour.

Process shots: add apple, sugar, lemon to pot (photo 1), simmer then stir through butter/cinnamon (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to make apple sauce

Apple Sauce FAQ

Should apple sauce be served hot or cold?

Either! I don’t recommend piping hot, but it works great either straight out the fridge or warm fresh off the stove.

How long does apple sauce last in the fridge?

I usually keep it for 5-6days, but it should keep for around a week (just use your discretion)

Can you freeze apple sauce?

Yup! Just allow to completely cool then store in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge before serving.

How to make smooth apple sauce?

I prefer a slightly chunky texture, but if you want it smooth you can use a potato masher to smooth it out at the end.

overhead shot of apple sauce on wooden spoon over pot

Serving Apple Sauce

This goes perfectly with my Coca Cola Ham and is a must have at all Roast Dinners. It’s also great with Homemade Sausages!

If you’re looking for another roast dinner side sauce check out my Cranberry Sauce and Bread Sauce!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this apple sauce shall we?!

overhead shot of apple sauce on plate with ham and roast potatoes

How to make Apple Sauce (Full Recipe & Video)

apple sauce in small white pot surround by apples and lemon

Apple Sauce

This is the easiest and most delicious apple sauce you'll ever make! Perfect with pork or a roast dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Sauce / Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 70kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • Small/Medium Pot & Wooden Spoon
  • Peeler
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 Bramley Apples, peeled & diced into small chunks (see notes)
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 tbsp Salted Butter, or unsalted butter with a pinch of salt to taste
  • pinch of Ground Cinnamon (optional)


  • Into a small/medium pot add apple, lemon juice and sugar. Stir to coat then turn on a low-medium heat.
  • Gently simmer for 20mins, or until the apple breaks down into a sauce, stirring frequently. Stir in butter and cinnamon, then taste test and adjust accordingly with sugar if needed.
  • Enjoy hot or cold!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Apples - You'll want a nice sharp apple like a Bramley, just to balance out the sugar. Granny smith also works nicely. You can use sweeter apples, you just won't need as much sugar, if any at all. In all cases just make sure they're peeled, cored and diced into small chunks.
b) Texture - I prefer my apple sauce to be quite chunky, but if you want it smooth you can use a potato masher right at the end to smooth it out.
c) Storage - Allow to cool and tightly cover in the fridge for 5-6days. If you want it warm again just reheat over low on the stove for a couple of mins. You can also freeze apple sauce, then thaw in the fridge.
d) Calories - shared between 6 people.

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Nutrition Facts
Apple Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.79g1%
Saturated Fat 0.425g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.064g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.191g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 16.98g6%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 13.92g15%
Protein 0.35g1%
Vitamin A 61IU1%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.11mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    November 4, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    5 stars
    First time ever making apple sauce and this was a huge success! So easy too 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 5, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      So glad this went down well, Lucy! 🙂 C.