Criss Cross Applesauce!
Just thought I’d share with you an idea to use up all those delicious apples sitting in your fridge that are now in season! You know, as they say, an apple a day makes you want to stay…on my blog!
Make a nice applesauce out of them so that you can use them as a substitute for eggs or oil in baking. This is especially good if you are baking vegan, who don’t use eggs. I sweeten and thicken my applesauce with a date purée, to provide for a thicker consistency allowing you to add them to recipes without worrying about your batter being too moist.
Here are some ideas of recipes to try with applesauce:
So now that you see all the possibilities you can try with applesauce, let’s get to it!
-10 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
-2 cups of dates, soaked in water for 15 minutes
-cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cloves and any spice you want
In a large pan or wok, add chopped apples and spices ( I added a mixture of whole spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice – removing them later – as well as ground spices towards the end to add more flavour) and heat pan to medium heat. Simmer and stir for 30 minutes. I added 1 cup of frozen pineapple to the apples, just for kicks (but that’s totally optional)!
After 30-45 minutes, purée the soaked dates and add to the purée of apple. Cook for another 15 minutes to remove the excess moisture and to thinken the applesauce. The final yield should be 4 cups of applesauce.
Oh, and don’t throw out those apple skins!
You can toss them with cinammon and sugar and bake them in the oven at 225 degrees F for 2-2.5 hours until the skins are crispy.
Happy Appleing! Enjoy!