Saturday, August 28, 2010

Peachy Keen Applesauce



I have a great recipe for you today! I love applesauce but I am not a big fan of the store bought variety. The cheaper kinds tends to include lots of artificial sweeteners, and the good, unsweetened stuff is usually pretty expensive. I also like my sauce chunky, if it's too smooth, the texture reminds me of baby food. Homemade applesauce is actually really easy to make, no special equipment required. Right now is the perfect time of year to make applesauce as apples are just coming in to season, so lots of stores have them on special right now. Also in season? Peaches and berries! Why not cook them all together and make mixed fruit sauce? Well that's just what I did. You could use pretty much any fruit to do this, have a few apricots? Throw them in! Extra strawberries? That works too! Basically whatever fruit you may have sitting around could go in the pot. The best part was that adding the blueberries and ripe peaches made my sauce perfectly sweet, no sugar needed! Hello guilt free snack! Top it with some granola or mix with oatmeal for a delightful breakfast treat! Also works really well to stick in a school lunch for the kiddos to make sure they are getting their recommended daily servings of fruit. This sauce can be made in large batches and frozen for later use. Easy peasy! Enjoy!

Peachy Keen Applesauce
Ingredients:
3 ripe peaches (pitted)
5 apples (cored)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
Cinnamon

Rinse fruit, cut into large chunks and put in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan. If you prefer a smoother sauce, remove peels. Add water. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring occasionally (I did about every 7 or 8 minutes). Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until fruit is tender and skins are softened. Uncover and simmer until almost all liquid in saucepan has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and cinnamon. Using fork or potato masher, mash mixture until coarse and chunky. Again, if you like your sauce smoother, you can allow it to cool, then put in a food processor or blender. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until cold.

I love a good fruit sauce!
What are you yummy treats are you cooking up this weekend? Hope they turn out SUPER!



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5 comments:

  1. Yum... I'm your newest follower.

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  2. I love homemade applesauce! I made several quarts last week with just apples, but now I might have to try some of this. Thanks!

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  3. I am going to make this for Ashton - cinnamon is his new favorite spice! Thanks

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  4. This looks AMAZING!!! I just received a 1/2 a bushel of fresh peaches today! I'm so going to have to try this!! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link up to my party every Friday @ Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

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