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Rustic (and Decadent) Applesauce


Be sure to check out the Diva's Easy (Pink!) Applesauce for a tasty recipe that takes only 20 minutes.  Try our recommendation for this rustic (and maybe a little decadent) applesauce if you're looking for a sweeter treat. Ingredients:

  • 8 cups cubed apples, try a variety of sweet varieties (Braeburn, Pink Lady) and tart varieties (Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice (optional - adds a nice zing!)
  • 2 tbsp. crème fraîche (optional - adds a smooth, rich finish)

Preparation: Combine first 6 ingredients (through the lemon juice but leave out the crème fraîche) in a saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook 25 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat; mash to desired consistency with a fork or potato masher. It desired, stir in crème fraîche. Serve warm or chilled.

*Adapted from a 2002 Cooking Light recipe