Apple Sauce

by Hint of Helen
apple sauce Recipe

Apple sauce is one of my favourite sauces for a roast dinner. It’s SO simple to make, and freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time very easily. All you need is some cooking apples, butter and sugar!

Whilst apple sauce is traditionally served with pork, I love it with all roast dinners and have it whenever I can! It’s a Christmas day must too (it’s so good with pigs in blankets!).

roast dinner with apple sauce

Apple sauce is sweet and the perfect match for rich meats and gravy. For more roast dinner recipes click here.

You need to use cooking apples for this recipe – not normal eating apples.

How to make apple sauce:

Scroll down for printable recipe card and ingredient list

1. Peel 3 cooking apples

peeled cooking apples

2. Then, slice into small pieces – discard of the core. Transfer to a saucepan

chopped cooking apples

3. Then, to the saucepan add the sugar and butter

apple sauce ingredients

4. Put the lid on the saucepan, and heat to a low/medium temperature

apple sauce cooking

5. After 2 minutes, remove the lid and stir – so the melted butter coats the apple pieces. Then, replace the lid and continue to cook for 15 mintues.

apple sauce cooking

6. After 15 minutes, the apples should have broken down so they’re very soft and can be easily pureed – if they’re not quite there, cook for a little longer, checking every couple of minutes

7. Once they’re soft – take your potato masher and crush any large pieces – crush until the sauce is as chunky or smooth as you like – then serve! Or, you can keep this in the fridge or freezer – check recipe card below for more info

apple sauce puree
Yield: 10 servings

Apple Sauce

apple sauce Recipe

My easy, go-to apple sauce recipe. Perfect served with a roast dinner and easily made ahead of time.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 3 cooking apples
  • 4 tbsp butter (about 50g)
  • 4 tbsp sugar (about 40g)


  1. Peel the apples, then slice into small peices
  2. Transfer the pieces of apple into a saucepan, and add in the sugar and utter
  3. Place the lid on the saucepan, and heat on low/medium
  4. After 2 minutes, remove the lid and stir - so the melted butter is coating the apple pieces
  5. Replace the lid, and continue to cook the mixture for 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft enough to break down into a sauce
  6. Turn off the temperature, and use a potato masher to gently break down any large pieces of apple, and make the sauce as chunky, or smooth as you'd like
  7. Transfer to a dish and allow to cool and either serve - or keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, alternatively, freeze and defrost before serving.


I often freeze my apple sauce so it's already on hand for a roast dinner! Do this in small batches, do you only need to defrost the serving amount you need.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 74Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 10mgSodium 31mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 0g

Nutritional data provided here is only an estimate. If you're tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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