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Homemade Baked Apple Sauce

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Homemade ApplesauceThis is first time I have ever made apple sauce. I never understood why someone would make iy- what is the point? You either eat them raw or use them in a dessert or maybe even cook them on the side with pork or duck.

Then I started writing this blog and apple season came along. Well, I had to come up with a few apple recipes- and I did.. I made the apple cranberry bread, which by the way is delicious. I was thinking what else to make when an apple ice cream came to mind. I was of course going to make my healthy gelato- but what else should I was I going to add to it??

That is when apple sauce came to mind. I looked for different recipes and that is when I came across Ina Garten’s apple sauce recipe-  I just love her recipes- don’t you want to invited to her house for a fabulous meal?

I adapted her recipe and came up with this. After the big saucepan came out of the oven and I tasted the results- I understood why people make their own apple sauce. It was absolutely delicious! Fresh, yummy and just the right sweetness and tartness. The wheels were turning in my head- all the things I can do with this- dessert topping, with a pork loin, on top of pancakes- sky is the limit… I can’t wait…

Try this recipe- it’s really good. I will be testing the apple sauce gelato tomorrow and posting the recipe soon- stay tuned.

  • 8 honey crisp apples, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • Zest of 1 navel orange
  • Juice of 2 navel oranges
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup vanilla sugar (regular will be fine too)

Preheat oven at 400 degrees F.

In a heavy dutch oven saucepan, mix the apples, zest, juice, butter, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and vanilla sugar. Mix well, cover and bake for 50 minutes. Take out of the oven and whisk till smooth (slightly chunky).

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