Home made Apple Sauce

On the last day of the long weekend, we decided to visit a pick your own farm which was just 15 miles away from our home. This particular farm bragged that they have wide range of produce (tomatoes, corn, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, beans. the list goes on), different varieties of apples, peaches, flowers for the public to pick.
I was undoubtedly excited to visit this farm and pick fresh vegetables from the farmland. But I was completely disappointed when I reached there. The recent rains had ruined the crops and most of the vegetables were lying on the ground or they were rotten.
Thought we can still go pick some apples, but the apples had not ripen. So we had to pick some unripe apples. It took more than 15 days to ripe before we could eat them. V liked this apple sauce and he was bragging to my in laws that I had prepared it for him. I have indianized it little bit by adding some cardamon powder and ginger :-).
Between the vegetable and fruit picking we enjoyed the flowers with vibrant colors. They looked so fresh though :-)
Ingredients from my Pantry
Gala apple (small size) – 5
Sugar, granulated – 4 tbsp
Water – 3/4 cup
Vanilla essence – 2 drops
Dry Cranberry – 1 tsp (optional)
Ground Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp
Ginger (chopped) – 1/2 tsp
Cardamon – 2 pods, crushed into fine powder
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Pictorial Representation

1. Wash the apples, peel, core and chop them in to small chunks.
2. In a thick bottom vessel, add 3/4 cup of water and bring it to boil. When it starts rolling add chopped ginger, apple, dry cranberry. Then add sugar, ground cinnamon powder and stir it well. You can add or reduce the sugar depending upon the taste of the apple. If the apple is sweet you can add less sugar and more if it is tart.
3. Close the lid and cook on a medium low flame for 35 minutes. In between you can stir occasionally.After the said time, open the lid. By this time the apple would have crumbled and it would have cooked well. If any chunks of apple is seen then mash it with potato masher or any spatula. I used my spatula to mash couple of chunks. Remove from flame. Add 2 drops of vanilla essence and crushed cardamon powder.

Cooking Instructions

Wash the apples, peel, core and chop them in to small chunks.
In a thick bottom vessel, add 3/4 cup of water and bring it to boil. When it starts rolling add chopped ginger, apple, dry cranberry.
Then add sugar, ground cinnamon powder and stir it well. You can add or reduce the sugar depending upon the taste of the apple. If the apple is sweet you can add less sugar and more if it is tart.
Close the lid and cook on a medium low flame for 35 minutes. In between you can stir occasionally.
After the said time, open the lid. By this time the apple would have crumbled and it would have cooked well. If any chunks of apple is seen then mash it with potato masher or any spatula. I used my spatula to mash couple of chunks. Remove from flame. Add 2 drops of vanilla essence and crushed cardamon powder.
When the sauce is cool, add 1 tsp of lemon juice and stir it well. Refrigerate. You can put them in a freezer and use it for months.

Serving Suggestions
Apple sauce can be served with bread, oatmeal, ice creams, pastries, fruits, vegetable salads, topping for cookies, biscuits etc.,

F.A.Q

Which apple is considered best for cooking?
According to me it depends on your taste, if you like it sweet go for Gala types, if you want it tart then go for Granny smith et all.  But as per experts Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Cortland etc are considered to be the best for cooking. Click this link http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t–865/choose-the-best-apple.asp to see which apples would fit your needs.

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9 comments

  1. Lena Rashmin Raj says:

    Rv..snaps are awesome dear..im a new comer to your blog.. :) i was going through your posts…one thing i shud say..you are an expert in food photography.. :) Apple sause looks yuumy n rich. :)

  2. Shwetha says:

    RV,
    I appreciate the kind and encouraging note you left me. Thanks for inviting me over to your wonderful blog here and I would love to participate in your event.:)
    The apple sauce looks delicious. So much better when it’s homemade when compared to the preservative laden store bought versions.

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