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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lake Lady Makes Applesauce!

This recipe is from my sister, who just happens to post under the Title: Lake Erie: Daily Visits to the Greatest Great Lake.

Go Visit! It's fascinating how the water changes every minute!

Baked Applesauce
This has a lovely deep rich flavour that only baking can give.

- 4 – 6 medium sized apples – I used my favourite Cortland apple. It’s an apple that is great for eating out of hand – especially when it’s just picked but is a wonderful cooking apple with its tart-sweet true apple flavour.
- ¼ cup brown sugar - for me the darker the better but use what you have. White sugar will work too.
¼ cup seedless raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional or use dried cherries or chopped dried apricots instead)
 ½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp butter
1/8 cup water
1.    –core and chop the apples. You can peel them if you must but I never do. They cook long and slow enough for the peels to be quite soft and why throw out all that fibre and nutrients? 

2.    –put ½ the chopped apples in an oven-proof bowl. I grease it with a bit of butter because it adds flavour and it’s so much easier to clean.
3.    –add all the dried fruit and ½ the brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves 

4.    –add the rest of the chopped apple and top with the rest of the brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves and the butter. 

5.    –add water – just a splash, an 1/8 cup or so. It just keeps things juicier.
6.    Bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour – maybe more. Stir to mix thoroughly after about ½ hour. This keeps the top from burning. Cooking time will depend on how fresh the apples are. It’s done when the apples are quite soft.
7.    Stir it around to break it up a bit if you want it to be more applesaucy. 

8.    Serve hot along side most meats. Great with Mac and cheese. It’s good cold and it re-heats very well. I’ve even had it warm on vanilla ice cream.


Eva Gallant said...

Yummy! I want some now!

ethelmaepotter! said...

This is pretty much how I make apple crisp: just add the oatmeal/butter/flour/cinnamon/brown sugar topping and bake. And yes, we eat it with vanilla ice cream too! Yummmmmmmy!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds wonderful I will have to try it out. Thank you and your sister!

red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh.... that looks SO good!!! I'm going to have to try this!!!

Thank You for sharing it! Lunch anyone?
;-) robelyn

Deidra said...

I get in trouble every time I visit here. ; ) So many wonderful temptations!

Nezzy said...

Oh baby, this will serve up great next the the pork chops I'm grillin' tomorrow night. I don't care if the temps droppin', let the storms move in with their tornado warnings....this chick is grillin' those chops tomorrow night. Thanks for the baked applesauce.

God bless and have a marvelous day!!!

Lori E said...

This makes me crave pork chops. Lol .
I have never thought of baking an applesauce. The color has stayed so nice and bright.

Nina Diane said...

I also add some cut up oranges....adds a little "zip"....