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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Basics: Homemade Applesauce

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I have never attempted to make homemade applesauce until 3 years ago.Why bother doing it from scratch when they have them bottled and stocked ready for us in the supermarkets. It all started when I started the process of weaning my son when he was about 4 months old when I wanted to make everything from scratch. Ever since then there has been no turning back. I so love the versatility of this sauce that can be a snack for adults and babies alike, an excellent side for roast pork or duck and how well it acts as a substitute for eggs in most of the dessert bakes. And its a cinch to make.I always make them in small batches and they keep well for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. Sometimes I freeze them and freezing doesn't affect the taste.For a creamy version of applesauce like the one in the picture, apples will have to be peeled.
Creamy Applesauce redolent of cinnamon:
I used a combo of Autumn Gala and Cameo that I picked earlier for making this batch of applesauce.
Cameo:
Autumn Gala "Dwarf" Apple Tree. Now this is where I want to camp out and keep attacking those apples until the tree is devoid of apples-
Ingredients(For smoother Applesauce):
  • 1 medium Gala Apple
  • 4 large Cameo Apples
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup water
Procedure:
  • Clean and Core the apples.
  • Peel and cut them into chunks.
  • Add them to a pan along with the cinnamon stick and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes until they apples are cooked.
  • Discard the cinnamon stick and either use a food mill or blender to make a creamy sauce.
Yields ~2 Cups of Sweet Cinnamony Applesauce
    Note:
    • 1/2 cup of sugar may be added if the applesauce is slightly tart.
    • Applesauce keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
    Enjoy!
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    25 comments:

    1. I am never attempted to make apple sauce on my own. But looks very simple and easy to make...mayb should try when I have lots at home!!

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    2. Me too never dared to make apple sauce at home..Looks easy...

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    3. my kiddo eats applesauce every single day,I get her the store bought one may be I should try making it for her..thanks for sharing!

      US Masala

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    4. Hi,

      That looks simple and delicious...No home grown apples in india!!:)Should buy and make..:0

      Dr.Sameena@

      www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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    5. Apple sauce looks so yummy. Easy to prepare as well. My son would surely like it.


      Deepa
      Hamaree Rasoi

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    6. Can you believe that I was searching for a home made apple sauce recipe today.. Looks easy...

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    7. I am bookmarking this .. i usually buy store bought one's. But when everytime I buy I used to think to make at home but some how lazy. Sure I will do this at home once by bottle is finished.

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    8. This looks so creamy n perfect..I had absolutely no idea that it was so easy to prepare..Great pics!!

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    9. That is so YUM! Awesomely prepared & captured too..... I loved those cored apples especially..... :)

      Ash...
      (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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    10. An absolutely delish sauce, love ur choice of apples and the color is lovely too, buttery and pure!

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    11. The jar stuff doesn't compare to homemade.

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    12. i dont think il ever make my own, but im tempted to see how it works as a substitute for egg

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    13. Even i love applesauce, fabulous looking applesauce CL..

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    14. This is really interesting...have to give it a try for sure.

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    15. so true that it works as a great substitute for eggs.Used to make it for my daughter when she was a baby.

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    16. I always love having apple sauce at home. I love to eat them for a snack. Its nice to see how it is made.

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    17. j'adore les pommes et cette préparation parfumée est parfaite pour mes papilles
      bonne soirée

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    18. Appreciate your efforts on making home made apple sauce CL.It looks gorgeous .

      http://sanscurryhouse.blogspot.com

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    19. I love the apple colours. I doubt if I can get the needed apples for making the sauce for I ma sure my fruit vendor has not heard of these names. I will try them out on the ones available . Keeping my fingers crossed when i go to the market.
      Hosting an event which I am calling Back to our Roots Also hosting for Nov’11 Veggie Food for the Month_Raw Banana. Please do send me your entries.

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    20. I made this sauce dear and only with gala apples. used it to bake in a competition. Love teh cake. Posting it tomorrow. I have linked the apple sauce to you. Hope it is okay.

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    21. Thanks to you I made this sauce and used it in a cake. Kids loved it. Thanks.

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