Dutch Applesauce (Appelmoes) Recipe

Home-made apple sauce in a blue dish next to a red apple on a wooden table.
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Ratings (4)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups (up to 6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
87 Calories
0g Fat
23g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 Cups (up to 6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 87
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 0g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Dutch love eating applesauce (or appelmoes as they call it) as a condiment with their main course. It's very much part of the everyday family meal here in Holland.

Our applesauce recipe is so easy to make when you use the microwave. We guarantee that the hardest thing about it is peeling the apples! Knowing which apples make the best sauce is another matter (see below).

The Best Apples for Applesauce

Theoretically, applesauce can be made from any soft apple because they'll cook faster. But some claim a mix of apples makes the best sauce. Any of these would be great: Braeburn, Cortland, Crispin (Mutsu), McIntosh, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gravenstein, Liberty, Jonamac, Ida Red, and Rome.

More Delicious Dutch Apple Treats

  • Dutch Apple Pie Recipe: Unlike the streusel-topped pies Americans call Dutch apple pie, the original version is topped with a lattice crust.
  • Dutch Appelflappen Recipe: This one is not only fun to say but delicious to eat. Better known as apple fritters or apple beignets, appelflappen are often served at New Year's Eve celebrations.
  • Dutch Apple and Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe: Unlike American cobblers made with sliced fruit, this Dutch version, known as schoenlapperstaart, uses puréed fruit mixed in with a cake batter and no crumble on top.

Health Benefits of Eating Apples

As the old saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," and there's a lot of truth to that. Apples are a good source of potassium, folic acid, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, and they contain B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and zinc.

They also have antioxidants that improve immune function and prevent heart disease and some cancers and aid in the reduction of high cholesterol and blood sugar. It's reassuring to know that our applesauce is full of apple goodness.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples (peeled, cored and diced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon speculaaskruiden (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a microwave-safe dish, combine 4 peeled, cored and diced apples, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon speculaaskruiden or pumpkin pie spice and 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste.

  2. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly and then mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher for chunky applesauce. For smooth applesauce, run the mixture through a ricer or use an immersion blender.

  3. Serve warm or chilled. Refrigerate any leftovers, covered, for up to one week.

Tips

  • Avoid using metal tools when preparing or dishing up your applesauce, because the metal causes a reaction that can taint the color and taste.
  • Make your own speculaaskruiden.