If you're not Dutch, or were not raised by Dutch parents, the fixation with apple sauce may leave you wondering. Most of us love our appelmoes, and it is very often a side dish to the main meal of the day. 

As children move on from puréed baby food and start sharing the same meal as their parents, their boiled potatoes and vegetables are often prakked together with pan gravy and apple sauce. It makes for a sweet-and-salty taste and a mushy texture, and it is great for masking the more bitter tastes of traditional vegetables such as boerenkool (kale), spruitjes (Brussels sprouts) or zuurkool (pickled cabbage). Most children will consume the sweet applesauce with their warm dinner and consequently, many an adult will continue the tradition, whether it’s with homemade applesauce or store bought. 

Children's menus at Dutch restaurants will invariably offer appelmoes on the side, and a very old-fashioned but oh-so-satisfying entrée to order is chicken with French fries and apple sauce. Kinderen Voor Kinderen, a Dutch children's choir, sang a very catchy tune about it: kip, patat en appelmoes. And it's a thing to dip your hot and salty French fry in the mayonnaise first, and then in the cold and sweet apple sauce. Don't knock it until you try it!

The weather is slowly cooling down and Fall is just around the corner. The apple trees are ready to share their bounty, so let's prepare some appelmoes! The sauce can be held in the fridge for a couple of days, or can be frozen or canned. Please follow your local Extension office recommendations regarding canning procedures.

8 large apples (approx. 1.5 kgs) - preferably a variety of flavors
2 tablespoons (approx. 30 ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar, optional
¼ cup (60 ml) water
Cinnamon stick, optional

Peel, core and chop the apples. Toss with the lemon juice. Add the apples with the lemon juice, sugar (optional) and water to a saucepan with a heavy bottom and slowly bring up to a simmer. Cover and simmer the apples until done. This won't take long so don't take your eye off the pan. Leave it chunky or mash it slightly to create a finer texture. Taste and adjust the sweetness, or the flavor of cinnamon as preferred. Freeze, refrigerate or can for later use. 


  1. Wat een leuke blog!! Ondanks dat ik gewoon in NL woon, vind ik het enig om jou stukjes te lezen!!


  2. I ate that when i was in Netherlands. I am french and now I just love the chicken, fries and applesauce. I thank you for the receipe as I'll do the applemoes to go with the Christmas turkey!!!! Hmmmmm lekker!!!

  3. Yay this is my favourite! I'm making stampot tonight with appelmoes! Used to be a meal my gran would often make and it brings back such fond memories :)

  4. The same here I grew up with appelmoes(applesauce)as a child when I lived in the Netherlands something I really miss living in the UK as it does not taste the same.

    1. I'm in NZ and we can buy the appelmoes here, you must be able to buy it the UK

  5. I just love being Dutch. Proud of my heritage. Left in 1060 at 6 years old. BUT...I also love my adopted country of Canada. Best place to live. Thanks for these recipes, they bring back a lot of happy memories for me.

  6. I make my Apple Sauce in my slow cooker with a little brown sugar and cinnamon and very little water or apple juice. I love it on any kind of pork or on my dutch pancakes.

  7. I am from Barbados I live in the Netherlands and Grenada, my husband is Dutch and I learn how to make the best applemoes ever.
    zola Khadijah Jonker.

  8. I just love applemoes. Stayed in the Netherlands for seven years, then moved back to S A (being SA) with my Dutch husband and daughter. Was just looking for a good receipt and came across yours. Thanx so much!!!


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