Vanilla Spiced Applesauce

This year I am welcoming this crisp cooler air with open arms. I just pulled out my box of sweaters and sweatshirts this weekend and have been rocking a hoodie all weekend long. One of the things Hubby and I do every year to ring in the new season is to go apple picking. It’s become a tradition to do this with my brother and his family.

We’re lucky enough to live about 30 miles form my brother. The rest of my family is out in the Midwest where I grew up. Every year, they bring their kids and it’s fun to look back at last year’s apple picking adventure to see how my little niece and nephew have grown.

After we got home with our bag of apples, Hubby made his first request of the season for applesauce. He loves homemade applesauce and I tend to only make it in the fall. My favorite recipe to make is this Cranberry Applesauce but I was in the mood to mix things up this time around. I had a few vanilla beans in the cabinet and decided to make this Vanilla Spiced Applesauce.

Hubby enjoyed the flavor and I loved the little black specks. Vanilla beans are probably one of my favorite ingredients out there.

One Year Ago: Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Two Years Ago: Chicken Tikka Masala
Four Years Ago: Tiramisu Cupcakes
Five Years Ago: The Cone Method and Mussels


Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

Print Save

Vanilla Spiced Applesauce

Homemade applesauce spiced with vanilla beans, anise, and cardamom.

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

8 apples, diced into large chunks
3 vanilla beans
2 whole star anise
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Place the apples in the bottom of a dutch oven or large pan.

Slice the vanilla pods in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds from the pods with the back of a knife. Place seeds and pods in pan.

Add remaining ingredients and set over medium-high heat until the water starts to boil.

Stir applesauce mixture, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes until apples have broken apart. Use a potato masher to help mash the apples if you'd like.

Allow applesauce to cool and remove star anise pods and vanilla bean pods.

    Pin It

26 Responses to “Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam”

  1. #
    1
    thecookingnurse — August 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    What a neat exchange! Your jam flavor sound delish!

  2. #
    2
    stephchows — August 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    oh YUMMMM!!! I love the color!! Peach with vanilla… I think I need to go peach picking this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ As for your Q I’ll answer it here and on my blog. The reason there is no pectin is because raspberries naturally have a very high level of it in them, when I make my raspberry jam (posted yesterday) I only use raspberries and sugar, that’s it! And it gels up without any problem ๐Ÿ™‚ As for processing, I say jar it up and boil the jars for 10 minutes and then let them cool overnight like normal. Can’t wait to hear how it tastes!

  3. #
    3
    Jen — August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    That makes sense about the raspberries having pectin in them. Thanks for the help for a jam newbie!

  4. #
    4
    Danielle Hawes — August 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Ohhh I want to make this!!

  5. #
    5
    nutmegnanny — August 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    What a yummy jam! I bet it taste amazing:)

  6. #
    6
    Kevin — August 8, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I really like the sound of a peach jam with vanilla bean and bourbon!

  7. #
    7
    Jessica Segarra — August 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

    One day soon I really really want to make my own Jam! Yours looks fabulous!

  8. #
    8
    Kerstin — August 11, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Wow, what an amazing flavor combo, I’m completely impressed you made your own jam – it looks fabulous!

  9. #
    9
    Anna — August 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration, it came out yummy!

  10. #
    10
    Christine — September 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Jen! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way, did you know you can place more Foodista widget? A friend of mine placed proper Foodista widget at the end of her latest blogs and the numbers of her readers increased. Interesting isnโ€™t it?

  11. #
    11
    Squeaky — October 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    It’s too late for peaches (I made a batch of this with peaches, and wanted to make a second, but I waited too long), so I tried asian pears. It’s a little boozier tasting, but delicious!

  12. #
    12
    Dave — July 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Just made this with some fantastic peaches. Wow, winning recipe.

  13. #
    13
    Amy — June 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I made this jam last summer. My family has been begging for more. This is their all time favorite jam that I made. Can’t wait till the peaches are ripe to mix up a few batches. Thank you!!!

    • beantownbaker — June 11th, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. I make this jam every year when peaches are in season.

  14. #
    14
    Aurora — August 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Just made this, and OMG is it good!! I used southern comfort, and scraped the seeds out of my vanilla bean into the jam. One of the best jams I have ever made! Thanks for the recipe! I put the used vanilla bean into 8oz of southern comfort, might be good in a couple of weeks! Just cant bear to throw away the rest of the vanilla bean.

    • beantownbaker — August 6th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this! It’s one of my favorite jam recipes ever.

  15. #
    15
    Denise — August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hi! Can’t wait to try this jam! Is there a reason you used low-sugar pectin instead of regular?

    • beantownbaker — August 28th, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      That’s what the recipe called for. In general, when it comes to pectin, I follow the recipe and don’t deviate from what it says…

  16. #
    16
    Gatorman — October 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    This recipe sounds great! I have to go out for a liquor run tomorrow(Son getting married) and peaches are still in the stores. I was looking for a good(and different) peach jam recipe. Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — October 29th, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

      This is one of my favorite jam recipes. I make it every year at the end of summer while peaches are really ripe here in the midwest!

  17. #
    17
    Brighid45 — July 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

    This is a fantastic recipe! Made it last year and the first batch disappeared so fast, two more got made right away ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just about to start on this year’s first batch. My only suggestion would be this: if you’re using a stockpot for canning the half-pints/pints and not a water-bath canner, put some butter knives on the bottom of the pot so the jars don’t make direct contact with the floor. The knives act in the same way as a rack does, to reduce the chance that a jar might crack or even break.

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

      Great tip. Thanks!

  18. #
    18
    FancyApril — August 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I made this last night, the best peach jam I have ever tasted. I brought a small jar to work and everyone has fallen in love!

  19. #
    19
    Linda Riccardo Henderson — June 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t drink but would love to try recipe, someone promised to share bourbon for recipe and at the last minute gave me Jim beam whisky instead. I reviewed how the spirits are made…thoughts about the substitution. Thank you love your site

  20. #
    20
    Scott Anderson — October 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Jim Beam would be fine – it’s a nuance, not a strong “flavor”. This is an amazing jam that won’t disappoint…

  21. #
    21
    Dawn — July 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Wow! Just made this jam, & it is amazing. Will definitely be making this yearly.

Leave a Comment