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Take a little extra time and make homemade applesauce. You'll never buy store-bought again.

Homemade cinnamon apple sauce

Add this homemade applesauce to your Hanukkah feast.

Homemade cinnamon applesauce recipe

Recipe adapted from Jewish Holiday Cookbook

Yields about 1 quart


  • 4 pounds apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup apple cider, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Honey


  1. Peel, quarter and core the apples.
  2. Place the apples in a heavy pot with the cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. Add the apple cider and lemon juice . Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. If the pot gets too dry, add some extra apple cider.
  3. Cook about 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Put the sauce into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Taste the applesauce and adjust sweetness as desired with honey.

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Comments on "Classic Hanukkah: Homemade cinnamon applesauce"

Liz December 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

My family and I have just started celebrating our family heritage (Jewish on my dad's side, but not raised Jewish)so we can learn about our ancestors and connect with where we've come from. I love finding easy recipes like this that can help us incorporate the Jewish traditions into our new 'Chrismakkuh' celebrations.

Emily December 12, 2012 | 3:10 PM

I've never had homemade apple sauce but this looks incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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