Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Applesauce with Maple & Cinnamon

Oh applesauce.  Why did I ever buy those glass jars of applesauce?  Seriously, this ever-so-easy to make dish is, like most things, a million times better when homemade.

I recently joined the Board of Directors for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  We just celebrated our 20th anniversary and threw a big party. I volunteered to make the desserts.  What to make for 300 people? I decided on crisps and made apple/pear and peach/nectarine.  I overbought the ingredients and had a ton of apples left over.  What to make?  Applesauce of course. This easy recipe pairs apples with cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup.  Not too sweet; perfect for savory dishes as well as breakfast or dessert. Tip, make a huge batch and freeze what you cannot use in a week.  Perfect way to have homemade applesauce whenever you wish!  Enjoy.

Applesauce with Maple & Cinnamon 
(makes 6 cups)

6 large Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1 inch wedges
1/4 cup water
1 small cinnamon stick
small pinch sea salt
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2-3 tbsp maple syrup

Add apples, water, cinnamon stick and salt to medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 25 minutes.  Add apples to bowl of food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until applesauce is as smooth as you like.  I like mine a bit chunky. Stir in lemon juice and 2 tbsp maple syrup.  Taste and add additional tbsp maple syrup if desired.

Serve as is, over ice cream, with pancakes or french toast, as a side dish with pork....lots of options.  How will you use?

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It is "apples" week at Food Network's Fall fest. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends.  Have a favorite apple recipe of your own? Please share in the comments section of this post. 
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FN Dish: Early Morning Apple Recipes


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1 comment:

Sue Lau said...

Apple sauce really is so easy to make and adding maple sounds just about perfect!