Homemade Applesauce (4 easy ingredients)

The McDonald family is showing us how to make some easy homemade applesauce.  This is a family fun recipe for your organic apples delivered by Brewers Organics!

 

One of the absolute easiest things you can make with fruit is homemade applesauce.  You can make some with as little as four apples.    Generally we make it in the fall when there are apples everywhere but summertime is a great time for it too since you can refrigerate it and enjoy it cold.  It’s a great way to get small kids to eat fruit since everybody loves it!  This recipe is easy to multiply if you prefer to make a bigger batch.  Last fall I peeled 40 apples so we could can it.  We still have a few jars that haven’t been eaten yet!  Unless you are really that ambitious, just grab a few apples, sugar, cinnamon, and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

4 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

¾ cup water

¼ cup white sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

 

(Makes 4 servings)

 

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
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Apple Berry Crisp

 

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If there were a piece of chocolate cake and a piece of pie in front of me, I would choose the chocolate cake.  My husband on the other hand would pick the opposite, a piece of pie. I have to switch off making something I like and something he enjoys. I have a recipe for apple berry crisp that is a nice change from the chocolate and something my husband loves too. Our son, Mason will even eat it since he is such a fruit lover and it’s even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It’s best straight out of the oven when it’s nice and warm.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups evenly cut slices of peeled green apples
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen berries  (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or strawberries) I used blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Fold together in a mixing bowl: apples, berries, flour, sugar and lemon juice. Place the fruit mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In another bowl, mix the oats, flour, sugar, melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Place flour mixture over fruit mixture and lightly press to make it even.  Bake for 30 minutes or until it begins to bubble.

Top with a scoop of frozen vanilla ice cream.

 

Homemade APP-lesauce Recipe: apples, peaches and pears

 

Got apples, peaches and pears?  In this post, blogger Michelle gives us her recipe for APP-lesauce:

 

APP-lesauce in baby bowl with fruit

 

APP-lesauce: Apple/Peach/Pear Baby Food Puree

There’s an App for that! Not really, just the title of this yummy baby food that combines apples, peaches and pears.

Homemade baby food…something I never thought I‘d pursue. As a stay-at-home-mom on one family income, making my own baby food made financial sense and didn’t take too much time. I made one big recipe every few days and froze the rest into ice-cube trays for easy-to-grab portions. Not too hard and my babies seemed to like it! Also, this is a great baby food to bring to restaurants that (still) don’t offer baby food on the menus.

This is one of my favorite fruit recipes. It purees apples, peaches, and pears. This is a wonderful summer recipe when all the fruits ripen so quickly and are so deliciously juicy. (For winter, don’t feel bad to use frozen peaches if it is just plain out of season or just leave peaches out of the recipe.) This is a great recipe for babies as young as four months. It also gives the house a delicious scent!

Ingredients:

2 apples, peeled, chopped (no core)

2 peaches, skinned, chopped (no pit)

2 pears, peeled, chopped (no core)

Directions:

Simmer apple in a small pot with two tablespoons of water for eight minutes. Add peaches and pears and cook for 3 more minutes. Let cool a few minutes, then puree in a blender.

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APP-lesauce in blender

APP-lesauce in freezer container

This makes about 3-4 cups of baby food, depending on the size of the fruits. I usually serve about 2 ounces per feeding. If you are making a big batch, freeze the extra puree in ice-cube trays!

Healthy, prepared food is a happy sight to see on super crazy days with your baby! Grab a couple fruit-cubes and let it defrost for a delicious fruit serving later in the day.

Although this was prepared with babies in mind, it is also a delicious alternative to regular applesauce for kids and adults both.
APP-lesauce eaten by Lauren

Vacation Cooking – Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, Caramel Apples, and more!

Well, Hello you foodie freaks that I love!

So, I’m back from vacation. Since I wasn’t face cracking a play by play, let me fill you in.

I made these.

Delicious, but tricky. I couldn’t find a recipe to make caramel sauce that didn’t require 50 million ingredients or corn syrup. The first of which annoys me and second of which freaks me out (how exactly do they make corn into syrup??).  So, I had to wing it. I remember my granny telling me her mother would make caramel over the stove with sugar, cream and butter. So there I was… arrogant and on a mission. If my great granny could make it over a wood stove, then surely, I could figure it out in the world of electric stoves and google, right? (insert sarcastic laugh here).

Caramelized the sugar. Easy.  Added butter and cream. Woops. First it got hard like a Werther’s original  hard candy, then I added too much butter and it was greasy.   No worries, I added it to cream cheese with cinnamon and vanilla and boom, icing for pumpkin cookies.

Caramelized the sugar again. Add butter and cream again, stir like crazy. Delicious. As long as you don’t burn the sugar even your mistake will taste great.

I like to double dip… apples. After the caramel, I dipped them in chocolate. There is a definite sugar high going on in this house.

Also, I made this: Mush…. (I know it doesn’t look great but I assure you it tasted great).

I used an adaptation of this recipe. (Skipped the rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, and hot pepper. Used bacon grease and butter instead of the cooking oil and added a bit of random spices from the King Carnivore’s cabinet).   It was FANTASTIC. Of course, when you add a little sharp cheddar on top it is even better.

Because I am on a sweet potato kick, I also made these: Chipotle sweet potatoes.

Dice the sweet potatoes, toss with olive oil, chipotle seasoning, salt and whatever else you have around (thyme, parsley, salt, or garlic). Bake at 350 until done (about 30 minutes maybe).