Cardamom Applesauce Recipe

Fresh apples from the farmer's market--the perfect start to homemade applesauce with cardamom.
Fresh apples from the farmer's market--the perfect start to homemade applesauce with cardamom. | Source
In many dishes, such as applesauce, cardamom makes a tasty replacement for cinnamon.
In many dishes, such as applesauce, cardamom makes a tasty replacement for cinnamon. | Source

Also spelled cardamon, cardamom is an aromatic spice with a unique flavor that's both spicy and sweet. In apple dishes like applesauce, cardamom may be used in lieu of cinnamon.

Cardamom Flavor

For the strongest, freshest cardamom taste, buy cardamom that's still in pods, and then remove the seeds and grind them. (Ten cardamom pods equals about 1 ½ tsp. ground cardamom.)

For cardamom flavor that's almost as fresh, purchase cardamom seeds and grind them, or buy them already ground.

Other Uses for Cardamom

  • Add cardamom to chicken, duck & meat dishes. (Try it in Cincinnati chili in place of cinnamon.)

  • Use cardamom in dishes that contain citrus, squash & peas. (Add it to curries, or use it in place of curry to season rice.)

  • Sprinkle cardamom over coffee drinks. Like cinnamon, it tastes & smells delicious in hot beverages.

Although cardamom is slightly more expensive than many other spices, it only takes a little to give dishes that distinctive sweet and spicy cardamom flavor.

The hearty cardamom applesauce recipe below requires only ½ tsp. of cardamom per 4 c. of apple—and it's easy to vary. (Recipe variations and apple variety recommendations follow the recipe.)


RECIPE FOR CARDAMOM APPLESAUCE

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Coring the apples before chopping reduces prep time.
Coring the apples before chopping reduces prep time. | Source
Chop the apples coarsely and cook them over medium-low heat.
Chop the apples coarsely and cook them over medium-low heat. | Source
Run the cooked apples through a food mill before adding the sugar if you like your applesauce smooth.
Run the cooked apples through a food mill before adding the sugar if you like your applesauce smooth. | Source
This bowl of cardamom apple sauce was made from peeled Rome Beauties and brown sugar.
This bowl of cardamom apple sauce was made from peeled Rome Beauties and brown sugar. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 4 or more cups

Ingredients

  • 4 or more cups apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium lemon, per 4 cups apple
  • 1/2 C. brown or white sugar, per 4 cups apple
  • 1 tsp. vanilla, per 4 cups apple
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, per 4 cups apple

Instructions

  1. Wash and core the apples. Peel them if desired, and then chop them coarsely.
  2. Cook the chopped apple in a large stockpot over medium-low heat with the lid on for about 30 minutes, stirring and mashing the pieces with a potato masher occasionally. The apples will release water as they cook. If they become dry, add 1/2 c. water per 4 c. chopped apple, reduce the heat and continue cooking with the lid on.
  3. When the apples have cooked down, pass them through a food mill before stirring in the sugar and cardamom. If you prefer applesauce that's a little chunky, skip the food mill step.
  4. After adding the sugar and cardamom, continue cooking the applesauce with the lid on for about 30 minutes more or until it thickens so that the sauce hangs onto the spoon.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Varying the Recipe

Sugar & Spice

You may use brown sugar, white sugar or a mixture of both in this recipe for Cardamom Applesauce. No matter which you choose, the amount is the same: ½ cup or more (depending upon your taste preference) per 4 cups of chopped apple.

If cardamom seems strong to you, add it in increments of a ¼ tsp. per 4 cups chopped apple until you get the taste that you like best. You may also substitute cinnamon for cardamom if you prefer.

If freezing the applesauce, add the spice later upon reheating. Both cardamom and cinnamon can become bitter when frozen.

Any apple variety can be used for applesauce, but cooking apples are the easiest to turn into puree without the aid of a food mill.
Any apple variety can be used for applesauce, but cooking apples are the easiest to turn into puree without the aid of a food mill. | Source

Good Apples for Applesauce

Some apple varieties are known as "cooking" apples. High in malic acid, they break down into a puree easily when heated.

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Baldwin, Northern Spy, Newtown Pippin, Rhode Island Greening, Rome Beauty and York Imperial are all good choices for applesauce.

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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

It is apple harvesting time here in Australia and I am looking for new ideas. S-0-0-0 many apples on my trees this year. I like the idea of cardamom. Trying it, and voted up. Thanks.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi 2patricias! The apples here were really good this year, too, and like you I've been cooking lots of them. Hope you like this recipe. Our yummiest batch of it was made with all Rome Beauties and brown sugar. Take care! And thanks for commenting. --Jill


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This sounds yummy! I love cardamom. I've made many pies and crumbles from my apples this year - now I wonder if there are enough left for a batch of applesauce.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and voting Up.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Sounds good, Peggy! Think I'll join you. (: Take it easy! Jill


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Love homemade applesauce and using cardamon would be a nice flavor enhancer. I like your other suggestions of using that spice as well. May just try it in my coffee tomorrow morning! Up and useful votes.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Yep, it's applesauce-making time! Doesn't it make the whole house smell good? Hope you like the recipe, Glimmer Twin Fan! Thanks for sharing it --Jill


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Definitely have to try this one! Pinned and shared too. I love an Indian pudding made with cardamom so this has got to be good and I just bought a bunch of apples. Thanks for another awesome hub!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hope you like it, mslizzee! Thanks for stopping by.--Jill


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mslizzee 4 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

Lovely recipe, lovely photograph. Thank you. I'm going to try adding this to my applesauce.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Funom!


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Funom Makama 3 4 years ago from Europe

wooow!... yummy, yummy! nice share and definitely voted up..


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi lrc7815! Hope you like it! And if you make a lot, the recipe is easy to freeze. Thanks for commenting. Take care, Jill


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I love applesauce so am excited to try the caramom as a new taste. Thanks for sharing! Great hub with lovely photos.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Carol! I actually like cardamom better than cinnamon. (: Hope you like it, too. --Jill


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have never used cardamon in a recipe. So this is all new to me. I will have to try it so I can be a new cardamon fan. Voted up....


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hey, Natashalh! Yes, cardamom make a nice change of pace from cinnamon. Hope you give it a try. Thanks for commenting! --Jill


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I've never thought to put cardamom in apple sauce, but I can imagine how well the flavors would go together! What a fantastic idea.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Faith Reaper! Thanks for the support. I've been making lots of applesauce lately--with peel, without peel; with cardamom, with cinnamon; with brown sugar, with white. The apples this year have been delicious! And there are so many of them. Hope the recipe is of use to you and your family, too. Later, Jill (:


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with us using cardamom - I can smell it now! Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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