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Applesauce Recipes

This last weekend I went to the farmer’s market and bought apples – lots of apples.

Wealthy Apples at the Farmer's Market

Wealthy Apples at the Farmer's Market

I have another post on the way about all the different types of apples that are available in the midwest at the farmer’s market – which is 3 or 4 times more varieties than I have ever found at the grocery store. For applesauce, though, you want a sweet apple that will turn to mush very easily. And for applesauce, the farmers I talked to swear by the Wealthy Apple, and early ‘relative’ of the yummy Honeygold.

Applesauce Cooking Tips

Peeling Apples for Applesauce

Peeling Apples for Applesauce

Some applesauce recipes suggest that you cook the apples with the skin on, which makes no sense to me. Because then you have to use a food mill or sieve to mush it all up. By using the peeled Wealthy Apple, the only ‘mushing’ I had to do was to stir it while cooking. I’m all about simple (and not buying cooking equipment you will only rarely use and then have to store forever!).

Just so you know, if you can’t find Wealthy Apples, or if you don’t have all the ingredients listed below, don’t worry about it. Applesauce is really, really hard to mess up. You simply can’t go wrong with cooked apples. Cook it too little, and you’ll feel like you’re eating apple pie filling (not a bad thing!)). Cook it too much, and you’ll pretty much have apple butter (definitely not a bad thing!).

The only place you might go wrong is with sweetening it, because you can make it too sugary. So go easy on whatever sweetener you choose to use, and add more if necessary. But for those of you who like extra sweet applesauce, just ignore me on that last point.

Making Applesauce with Kids

I peeled and sliced up 11 apples in a variety of sizes, then made two batches of applesauce.

The first batch was plain cinnamon applesauce:

Making Applesauce

Making Applesauce

The second batch was blueberry applesauce:

Making Blueberry Applesauce

Making Blueberry Applesauce

Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

7  peeled, cored and sliced apples (I cut mine into 8ths)

1 tsp cinnamon (or more, if you like)

3 Tbsp brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice, including none at all for purists like I used to be!)

1/2 cup water or apple cider

Put the apples and water into a deep pan and turn the heat on medium. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Watch the heat and turn down as necessary – I had to turn mine down to low after a while to keep it from burning and boiling over. As you stir, if you find any big chunks of apples, just smash them against the side of the pan with your stirring spoon. When apples are the consistency of applesauce, remove from heat and add the cinnamon and sugar.

Let cool and serve warm for the best ooohs ad ahhs from your family!

Blueberry Applesauce Recipe

4  peeled, cored and sliced apples (I cut mine into 8ths)

1 quart container of blueberries (about 2 cups)

1/2 tsp cardamom (optional, or substitute cinnamon)

3 Tbsp brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)

1/3 cup water or apple cider

Put the apples, blueberries and water into a deep pan and turn the heat on medium-low. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. I had to watch the heat more on this batch than I did the regular batch of applesauce, turning it to low heat sooner than I did on the regular batch. As you stir, if you find any big chunks of apples, just smash them against the side of the pan with your stirring spoon. When the fruit is the consistency of applesauce, remove from heat. You may want to run this batch through a sieve to remove the blueberry skins, but I left them in (and it was delish!). Add the sugar and cardamom, and let cool before serving.

The Applesauce Party

When I was done, I had tons of applesauce, three hungry kids, and a perfect September afternoon on my hands. So I did what any fantatical crafty blogger would do – I threw an impromptu Applesauce Party for the family.

Applesauce Party

Applesauce Party

I got out my nice dishes and silverware, my vintage linens, and set the table for 5 applesauce eaters.

My Little Applesauce Helper

My Little Applesauce Helper

My youngest decided that she would serve her brother and sister, because somehow she loves to help only when it isn’t really needed. Of course, when I ask for her help with something, you would think that the world was coming to an end. :|

Blueberry Raspberry Applesauce

Blueberry Raspberry Applesauce

My oldest dove into the blueberry applesauce and topped her bowl with more fresh raspberries. I swear her skin should be blue for the amount of blueberries this one can put away!

Licking the Bowl Clean

Licking the Bowl Clean

My son didn’t say much. That’s OK, I think I got the point!

Discussion

9 comments for “Applesauce Recipes”

  1. I tried applesauce for the first time last year and it was such a treat. I am totally trying the blueberry recipe. My daughter will love it!

    Posted by AmberLee | September 17, 2009, 8:37 am
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  5. I love the blueberry one, making it right now for the boys! I would love to post with a link to you with the recipe.

    Thanks so much! Alexis ;)

    Posted by Alexis AKA MOM | January 12, 2010, 2:33 pm
  6. Just finished! OMGosh this will be one I make again! Thanks again.

    Posted by Alexis AKA MOM | January 12, 2010, 3:12 pm
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  8. Thank you so much for sharing these delicious apple recipes with Projects for Preschoolers – the applesauce is my favorite, yum!

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