Don't know what to do with apple sauce? You're not alone: folks brought up in New Zealand have rarely used apple sauce, but it's a staple in many cultures around the world including North America and various European countries.
It's now gaining popularity in healthy cooking circles where it is increasingly utilised as a baking ingredient. You can substitute some or all of the fat in recipes with apple sauce, plus it adds natural sweetness too.
We make our own apple sauce at Commonsense from all the lovely organic apples we have in store, and then we use it to give moisture, sweetness and richness to our baking. You can also use it as a topping for ice cream, in your breakfast cereal, stirred into yoghurt, on pancakes, or as a snack for kids.
Apple Sauce Recipe
- 4-5 medium cooking apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 cinnamon quill
- 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Place all ingredients in pot over medium heat
- Bring to the boil then simmer covered for 10 minutes
- Let cool
- Remove cinnamon quill then blend until smooth
Makes approx 700ml. Store in sealed containers in the fridge. You can halve the recipe for smaller amounts, but the apple sauce does freeze very well so don't be afraid to make a big batch and freeze some.
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