I am taking a break from all the grilling I have been doing. Here is a little something sweet, simple, fruity and refreshing. I make homemade applesauce all the time. I highly suggest you try doing it too if you have not all ready. Something extra special and happy takes place when you combine juicy red strawberries with crisp apples.
Before we get down to the business of applesauce I want to make sure you have had the opportunity to share an appetizer link in the Get Grillin’ event I am hosting with Dara from Cookin’ Canuck. Any appetizer will do, it does not have to be grilled. The more participation in this online BBQ party the more fun! Besides you can win a year of virtual cooking school over at Rouxbe. Sounds like fun huh!
Now on to apples and strawberries….
While I was chopping apples for this sauce, my kids were up to other things. A peacock and a bride were dashing around while I cooked. All the doors were open, cool fresh air was mingling with the smell of simmering applesauce.
As most of you know by now applesauce is a favorite over here. We love it on it’s own, in baked goods and layered in parfaits. Every morning I dip each bite of my favorite stuffed french toast in it. I also adore it tucked inside a hot stack of pancakes. Call me a simple gal. OK, a high maintenance sometimes simple gal.
Playing dress up and making applesauce are simple tasks…..
All you need to do is use your favorite apples and heat them up with a smidge of water with a few cups of fresh or frozen strawberries. I make about 8 cups at a time and it stores well in my fridge for weeks. Put portions of applesauce in 4 ounce containers for lunch box snacks. A single 1/2 cup serving is a great mini meal when paired with a healthy fat and protein dense cheese stick.
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Do you make homemade applesauce? If so do you add any unique ingredients?
Makes about 64 ounces of applesauce – sixteen 1/2 cup portions
- Sweeten your applesauce to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. You can also choose not to. I like stevia powder. You can also use pure maple syrup, honey or sucanat (unrefined cane sugar.)
- Adjust water to make thicker or thinner. I have found that 1/2-3/4 cup of water per pound of fruit is a safe bet.
- My favorite apples are Pink Lady, Honey Crisp and Granny Smith. I generally use a combination of these when I make applesauce.
- I keep the skins on the apples for added nutritional value, fiber and flavor. Once it is puréed you cannot even tell they are there.
- Applesauce lasts a long time in the fridge and it also freezes well in an airtight container.
- 2 1/2 pounds Apples, cored and cut into chunky pieces
- 8 ounces fresh or frozen Strawberries, cleaned and trim off stems
- 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 cups of Water
- juice from 1 Lemon
- Optional: natural Sweetener to taste
- a dollop of thick Greek Yogurt
- extra chopped Strawberries
- ground spices: Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom etc.
In a heavy bottomed large pot (I like to use my Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart round French oven) add apples, water and strawberries. Squeeze in lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let applesauce cool a bit. Purée in blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved. Add more water if needed. Sweeten to taste.
Applesauce Recipe Links
- Cinnamon Applesauce Three Many Cooks
- Cranberry Pear Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Homemade Applesauce Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
- Mango Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Pumpkin Vanilla Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com