I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year, filled with sugar,
alcoholic beverages of your choice (preferably Cupcake Mascato), and some more sugar, followed up by some ridiculously good tasting carbs with lots of butter. Especially if this was the last night of “bad” eating decisions for a few days [Insert winky face here].
Now that the holidays are done with, I came across a box of apples that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. I bought them back at the end of November and completely forgot about them. Oops!
Lucky for me there was only about 3 of them that went bad. That still left me with about 20! Apple pie season is over, so I did what any self respecting, good new years resolution following person would do. I made some applesauce sans the sugar.
So far one of my favorite things about becoming a blogger is that I get to eat applesauce out of a martini glass. I’ve never felt so fancy. In fact, while eating this scrumptious treat, I couldn’t help but to sing “You fancy huh”. Then I had to look this song up because I find myself singing it more and more and I have no idea where it came from.
For everyone that made a new years resolution to eat better, I have decided to share a healthy and delicious recipe for applesauce. Applesauce is one of the easiest things to make. The hardest part about it is the peeling and dicing the apples. I had 10 pounds of apples to peel and chop. Fortunately, I had a handy dandy husband lying around. I recommend everyone get one!
At the end of all that chopping, I had a little more than 6 pounds of apples! Sure, I could have made a pie. My husband (and his coworkers) would probably have preferred it. This is my attempt at making some healthy eating choices now that the holidays are over. Sorry guys!
Now for the confusing part. For the recipe I used 3 pounds of apples. I added the water, lemon juice, sugar, and spices at the beginning. Some recommend adding the sugar and spices at the end, because sugar is easily burned. I had no problem doing it at the beginning, but I’ll leave that choice up to you. Because I did add it at the beginning, I did an awful lot of stirring and staying close to the pot. If you have children or other things going on while you are making this, for your sanity I’d save adding the sugar until the apples are fully cooked down.
For the sweetener, I used 2 cups of Pure Via, but you can use any type of sugar substitute. I would start off with adding only 1 cup of your sugar/sweetener until you get the sweetness that you prefer. I found that Pure Via wasn’t quite as sweet, therefore I used more. If you are using regular sugar I’d only use a half cup and then add more from there. It’s all up to preference. I did make a batch with regular sugar. I only used ¾ cup of sugar for 3lbs of apples.
I decided to make both cranberry applesauce and a regular cinnamon applesauce. Instead of adding the cranberries to the apples at the beginning, I cooked them down separately and then added them to the plain later. If you were wanting to make only a cranberry applesauce feel free to add those in with the apples in the second step, instead of cooking them separately.
Yields: 3 — 16oz mason jars
|apples, cored and chopped||3 lbs|
|lemon juice||3 tbsp|
|Pure Via or other sugar substitute||1–2 cups|
|cranberries, optional||1 cup|
- Peel and dice the apples into ½” pieces and place in a pot.
- Pour water and lemon juice into pot with the apples.
- In a separate pan cook down the cranberries, add a 2 tbsp of water in with it.
- In the larger pot stir in your sugar and cinnamon.
- Once the apples and cranberries are cooked down, you may mix them together.
- Cool and serve.
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