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How to Make German Applesauce (Apfelmus)

Have never tried making your own applesauce at home? It is sooo easy! This quick German Applesauce (also known as Apfelmus) will surely become your go-to applesauce recipe!  Serve it with your favorite pancakes, or simply enjoy with a piece of toast for your next snack! (VIDEO ABOVE)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: German
Servings: 12
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 1 kg apples
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon


  • Peel, core and chop the apples into small bits.
  • Place chopped apples in a medium-sized saucepan. Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon stick and 5 tbsp water. Mix to combine. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and continue cooking until apples turned soft. Mix occasionally. This normally takes 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove cinnamon stick and take saucepan off the heat. Set aside to cool down.
  • Use a food processor or a blender to puree the cooked apples. You don’t have to puree the apples until they become smooth. If you like it with chunks, then leave some. Stop when you reach your desired texture for the applesauce.
  • Serve or place in sterilized jars for later use.



  • Cut the apples in almost uniform size to ensure they all cook at the same time.
  • This makes about two cups of applesauce.


Calories: 55kcal