Friday, November 20, 2009

Hint-of-Mango Applesauce (for grownups, too)

What is so great about mashed up apples, except that it is an easy way to get kids to eat fruit, and an easy food to digest after getting the flu?

That's how I have felt about applesauce—until I made it myself.

I recently scrounged the seconds produce bin at our local food Coop (yep-budget shopping!) and ended up with a bag full of locally grown apples, including some Macintosh, Ida Reds, and Honeycrisp.

On a whim, I stewed some up to top over waffles on a Sunday morning. The result? Amazingly delicious applesauce. In fact, it is so good, I am now officially an applesauce addict, along with the rest of my family.

I ended up canning five quarts of applesauce last week. Three are gone. This is not just for kids!

Now, if only I had bought that second bag of apples.

Easy and Delicious Hint-of-Mango Applesauce

A lot of apples (I had a 13 quart stock pot heaped with apple pieces), peeled, cored and diced

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp cinnamon

½ cup mango nectar or puree

These are starting amounts. I tasted it and added more honey, mango, and cinnamon until it had a flavor I liked.

1. Place peeled, diced apple pieces in stock pot. They will cook dpown, so don’t worry if it looks like there isn’t enough room.

2. Cook over medium heat until they are simmering. Stir occasionally so all of the pieces start to cook.

3. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and continue to cook until the apple pieces are soft. Some pieces might still be chunky depending on the type of apple you have.

4. When the consistency seems right, add the mango nectar, lemon and honey, continue stirring until the mixture starts to simmer again.

5. Taste and adjust flavors or sweetness to your liking.

Store in clean glass jars. Keeps in fridge for one week.

I used this link for canning instructions. Super easy!


Fran said...

Hey, the applesauce looks so yummy ! It has a nice tecture and color too.

Great that you can stuff. It is such a simple process, and when the electric power goes still have food safe and available !

Keep on with this wonderful blog.


Cate said...

I've GOT to start shopping at our Co-op when we get back to the states! And I am ALWAYS an applesauce fan, so I'll definitely be trying this!