Where we live apples grow well and are plentiful—and we’ve always taken advantage of that. We usually get boxes full and I spend an entire weekend making tons of applesauce (the kids eat it as fast as I can make it), apple bread, and then slicing the rest and vacuum sealing them so they will keep in the freezer all winter. I have always had a interest in making apple butter but I have yet to try it—maybe this year I will!
My secret ingredient to making applesauce it to use Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider as the base.
Here is the recipe I loosely follow—I say loosely because the apples we get are from old homesteads and sometime they aren’t super juicy (add more liquid) or they are very tart (add more sugar) so I just doctor it up according to taste. The house smells so good when you are cook this!
Spiced Cider Applesauce
10 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups of spiced cider
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, cider, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool and mash. I freeze the leftovers in freezer bags (lay them flat and stack them on top of each other).
Here is a new recipe that I want to try.
Spiked Apple Cider
¼ gallon apple cider
½ cup dark rum
½ cup cinnamon schnapps
Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps in a large pitcher. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice and serve. This can also be served warm.
I love this presentation...
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