This recipe is delicious. Even my brother likes it, and he hates pumpkin (sometimes I don’t understand how we’re even related). But when I gave it to him, he said, “It’s like fall exploded in my mouth.” Probably not the best way to put that, but I appreciate the sentiment anyway. 😛 It basically tastes like apple sauce with pumpkin. On to the recipe!
Pumpkin Spiced Apple Sauce
- 5 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
Step 01: Put apples, water, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 45 minutes. FYI, the lemon juice is optional because it doesn’t add anything to the apple sauce. It’s used because it contains citric acid, which keeps the apples from browning. That’s fine if you want yellow-ish apple sauce like the kind you can get at the store. However, since this is going to turn brown anyway, there’s really no reason to add the lemon juice.
Step 02: After it’s done boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat. For chunky sauce, add the pumpkin puree and vanilla to the saucepan and mash with a potato masher. For smooth sauce, dump the contents of the saucepan into a blender or food processor, add the pumpkin and vanilla, and pulse until it’s the desired consistency.
Step 03: Let it cool and you’re done!
Also, I had way too much fun taking pictures of this.
It looks and tastes like fall! 😀