Photo: Karry Hosford
7 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

A combination of sweet Braeburns and tart Granny Smiths gives this applesauce a pleasant balance. Mashing the apples creates a chunky sauce; for a smoother version, process part or all of the apple mixture in a food processor or blender. Crème fraîche gives the sauce a smooth, rich finish; substitute full-fat sour cream if your market doesn't carry it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook 25 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Remove from heat; mash to desired consistency with a fork or potato masher. Stir in crème fraîche. Serve warm or chilled.

Ratings & Reviews

smd1212's Review

February 11, 2014
Delicious! I usually use Granny Smith apples mixed with sweeter apples or pears (this time, a huge Honeycrisp apple and an apple-pear for crunch). I used lemon juice and orange rind, and per another CL applesauce recipe, I used maple syrup as the sweetener and a dash of nutmeg along with the cinnamon. Wonderful with CL's Oven-Fried Chicken and biscuits. Never used the creme fraiche or sour cream and I don't think I'm missing anything flavor-wise.

cyclegal's Review

October 19, 2013

knitprincesse's Review

December 11, 2012
I used crema mexicana instead of creme fraiche and it turned out well.

78jessica's Review

October 22, 2011
I liked the applesauce I feel it's overrated. There are better applesauce recipes out there.

user's Review

October 09, 2011
I wish I could give this recipe more than 5 stars!!!!! It is very delicious! Everyone loves it! I have made this for both family and friends and it is always a favorite! I do not add the creme fraiche, and it still turns out perfect!

sccook's Review

October 27, 2010
This applesauce is so good! I made it with a combination of Granny Smith, Arkansas Blacks, and Pink Lady apples. Mine was slightly dry, so I added a splash of apple cider that I had on hand. A great side for any kind of pork.

garliclemon's Review

October 05, 2010
Wow! Awesome! This recipes takes boring old applesauce to a new and exciting level. I absolutely love this. I've sworn off store-bought applesauce for good. I'm usually anti-adding-sugar to fruit dishes since fruit is usually sweet enough on its own, but I did toss in the brown sugar (but reduced it by about half), and I'm glad I did. The citrus and vanilla add such a luxurious-tasting touch. I didn't measure the lemon--just zested and juiced a medium sized one and went with the whole lot. This made my whole house smell wonderfully of apple pie. I'm giving jars of this as gifts for the holidays this year. I left out the cream, and I didn't miss it.

khill15's Review

November 18, 2009
This is a delicious recipe! I took it to work for a Thanksgiving potluck lunch and everyone crooned about it. Two people asked for the recipe!

nodisplayname23's Review

October 25, 2009
I love this recipe! I make it every fall for our annual Halloween pary. The whole house smells good while it's cooking. The creme fraiche adds a nice touch but it's also good without it.