Make Your Own Applesauce (It's easy.)
Apple season is upon us. Bring on the apple recipes. First up- a favorite New England pairing- apples and cranberries- is simmered to create a luscious slightly tart sauce, sweetened with organic raw agave. Make it as sweet or as tart as you prefer.
So start your own tradition.
This beautiful, Cape Cod inspired ruby red applesauce is a lovely side dish for so many fall recipes- search for compatibles here.
Love and apple kisses,
Karina's Cape Cod Applesauce with Cranberries Recipe- Vegan + Gluten-Free
Recipe posted September 2009.
Simmering the fruit in juice gives a big flavor boost. I used unsweetened cranberry juice to do this, but if you prefer a sweeter applesauce, try using cranberry-apple juice.
2 rounded cups peeled chopped apples- preferably mixed varieties for best flavor
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
1/2 cup cranberry juice or cranberry-apple juice, more as needed
1 cinnamon stick
Raw organic agave nectar or honey, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons, as I wanted it tart)
Combine the chopped apples and cranberries in a medium sauce pan and pour in enough cranberry or apple-cranberry juice to barely cover the fruit. Add a whole cinnamon stick. Cover and bring to a simmer.
Cook until the fruit is very soft. Remove the cinnamon stick. Using a potato masher, mash the fruit until you get a sauce texture you like. I prefer mine with a little bit of texture. If you like your applesauce smoother process it in a food processor or Vita-Mix.
Taste and sweeten the sauce with agave or honey. Stir and allow it to cool a bit.
Spoon into a storage container, cover and chill until serving.
Makes about a pint of sauce.
Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com
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