Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vanilla Spiced Applesauce

5 Reasons to Make Your Own Applesauce
  1. Wasting apples is a sin. Every time you let apples rot and toss them into the garbage can, be ashamed. Be really ashamed! 
  2. It's much easier to make than apple pies. With the gracious help of a functional stove, you can concoct a decent homemade applesauce no matter how inept of a chef you are. 
  3. It's worth a little brag. This will help you come across as a somewhat productive and resourceful person in a conversation........although all you actually do is read tweets and watch House of Cards on Netflix while letting the stove finish its job.
  4. It's one of the most powerful air fresheners, and not only while it's being cooked! The aroma will linger for quite sometime, permeate the entire house, and spectacularly replace those of overflowed laundry baskets, cluttered kitchen sink and damp towels. 
  5. People adore practical homemade gifts. You can put your applesauce in a mason jar, wrap a ribbon around it and offer this lovely gift to someone. Yes, this delicious creation requires such a tiny budget and minimal effort, but all that will be negated by the magical word "homemade." What your friend will see is a jar of thoughtfulness and love. 

Hope you're convinced. I personally think #1 and #3, in particular, are very persuasive. And here's my vanilla spiced applesauce recipe. 

Ingredients (for a 1-pint jar) 
  • 3 large Golden Delicious apples, chopped (They're sweet and faintly tart, rendering this applesauce a more complex flavor. And no, I don't peel my apples. All the nutritious fiber is in the skin!) 
  • 1 cup sweetened apple cider
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dashes of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and paprika (Yes, paprika. Just a tiny dash.)Preparation
  1. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, cover and cook over medium heat for about an hour. Stir occasionally (about every 15 minutes). 
  2. Mash the apple pieces with a potato masher to make it as smooth or chunky as you fancy, and you're done! 

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