Apples to Applesauce


Frosted Caramel Apple Layer Cake

Applesauce is really simple to make at home (here’s a basic Applesauce opens in a new tab recipe). It’s just cooked, pureed apples. You can make it smooth or leave it chunky, and you can use just about any apple, red or green. It’s great on its own or sweetened and spiced up with ambitious applesauce-enhancing goodies, like these:

  • Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger like in this spicy Ginger Applesauce opens in a new tab.

  • Raw sugar, Sucanat, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave

  • Dried fruits, date sugar or raisin syrup

  • A dash of fresh lemon juice

If you’d rather purchase ready-to-eat applesauce, there are several varieties available. Just remember to avoid artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives (you won’t find these in the brands we sell). I personally love simple, unsweetened organic applesauce. I add spices and enjoy it for breakfast on pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, biscuits and more. 
Applesauce is also wonderful for lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.  Check out these ideas and tips:

Applesauce adds tenderness and gentle sweetness to baked goods like cakes and muffins. It’s also a wonderful fat-replacer! You can use it for some or all of the fat called for in a baked-goods recipe. Here are some favorites:

If you’ve got an appetite for applesauce and a favorite recipe, let me know.

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