grown-up applesauce


Bourbon is a great ingredient for autumn — it pairs well with seasonal ingredients like pumpkins and apples. It is great to sip on cool evenings; its warm caramel notes are a perfect counter to the first crispness of fall. This version of applesauce is more like a rich dessert than a breakfast side or snack. The apples are sautéed to develop their flavor. The bourbon and ginger add complexity. The maple syrup balances the flavors.

Grown-Up Applesauce


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups fuji apples, peeled, cored & sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • Juice of 1/4 of a medium-sized lemon
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Heat butter in a medium-sized sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples and add to the pan when the butter is melted.
  3. Stir and cook until the apples are soft, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add ginger and salt. Stir and cook 2 minutes longer.
  5. Add vanilla, bourbon and lemon juice. Stir and cook 5 minutes longer.
  6. Add cream and maple syrup. Cook for 5 minutes longer, or until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  7. Enjoy!

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