Chunky Ginger Apple Sauce


2 lbs apples, mixed varieties
1-2 granny smith apples
2 tbs lemon juice
1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced into 1/8 inch slices
2-3 tbs sweet ginger bits
1-3 star anise pieces, broken
1-2 cinnamon sticks
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup apple cider
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp allspice, ground
This is a wonderful chunky apple sauce, flavored with ginger, star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and cardamon.

  • Peel and core the apples, then cut into large chunks.
  • Mix with the lemon juice immediately to prevent browning.
  • Place the apples, ginger, sweet ginger bits, star anise, vanilla in a slow cooker or heavy pan with a cover.
  • Add the apple cider and stir.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours.
  • If cooking on the stove top in a pan, stir every half hour, then add the ground spices, salt and vanilla extract for the final 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.




30 min


3 hr


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