applesauce recipe

Spiced Applesauce Cake

Spiced Applesauce Cake

You don’t have to limit yourself to just eating applesauce. You can also bake with it.  This cake is a fun way to eat applesauce, using homemade or store-bought. This cake is so simple to make and very tasty, too.

I used butter in the recipe, but if you used coconut oil instead, the recipe would be vegan. The spices work so well together. Sometimes simple is the best. Before someone asks, it is not a misprint, there are no eggs in the recipe.

I wish I remembered where this recipe came from. I have a piece of flowered stationery, a little crinkled around the edges, creased from being folded many times, with the recipe written on it. It is not my handwriting. I would love to credit the source of this wonderful recipe.

Spiced Applesauce Cake

2 c. unsweetened applesauce

½ c. butter

2 c. sugar

3 c. flour

1 T. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 t. each cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg

¼ t. cloves

1 c. raisins or chopped nuts

Heat together applesauce and butter until butter melts. Cool down a bit. Preheat oven 375 and grease 9×13-inch pan. Stir all ingredients together bake 30 minutes. Cool in pan.

Pink Applesauce

Pink Applesauce

Pink Applesauce

Inspired by some of my canning friends, who add all sorts of other fruits to their applesauce, I decided to mix things up a little by making applesauce  with cranberries. It came out a pretty shade of pink. The cranberries also added  nice tartness to the mix. Doing it over, I would add another bag of cranberries, perhaps. The nice thing about applesauce, is you can make any amount, depending on how many apples you happen to have. You can also freeze the mixture if you don’t want to can it.

 

 

Pink Applesauce

60 medium apples, I used mostly Melrose and some Jonathans

12 oz. cranberries

water

1 c. lemon juice

sugar to taste

Peel and core apples. Put in water with some ascorbic acid, citric acid or lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Place apples in a pot with enough water to prevent sticking and add the cranberries and lemon juice. Cook over medium high heat until soft. I wanted smooth applesauce, so I ran the cooked apple mixture through a food mill on the medium blade. Return apple mixture to pan and bring to a boil. Sweeten with sugar, if you like, or leave unsweetened. Have water bath full of boiling water and have hot, clean canning jars and lids and rings ready. Ladle hot applesauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Wipe rims and apply lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes for pints or quarts. Turn off heat and let jars stand in water bath 5 minutes before removing. Set in a draft free area to cool down. Yield: 8 quarts 0r 16 pints.

Pink Applesauce

Pink Applesauce

Pink Applesauce

Inspired by some of my canning friends who add all sorts of other fruits to their applesauce I decided to mix things up a little by making applesauce  with cranberries.I still had a quite a few apples from Fall harvest and decided to can more applesauce the other day. It came out a pretty shade of pink. The cranberries also added  nice tartness to the mix. Doing it over I would add another bag of cranberries, perhaps. The nice thing about applesauce is you can make any amount, depending on how many apples you happen to have. You can also freeze the mixture if you don’t want to can it.

Pink Applesauce

60 apples

12 oz. cranberries

water

1 c. lemon juice

sugar to taste

Peel and core apples. Put in water with some ascorbic acid, citric acid or lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Place apples in a pot with enough water to prevent sticking and add the cranberries and lemon juice. Cook over medium high heat until soft. I wanted smooth applesauce so I ran the cooked apple mixture through a food mill on the medium blade. Return apple mixture to pan and bring to a boil. Sweeten with sugar, if you like, or leave unsweetened. Have water bath full of boiling water and have hot, clean canning jars and lids and rings ready. Ladle hot applesauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Wipe rims and apply lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes for pints or quarts. Yield: 8 quarts 0r 16 pints.

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