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Fresh Cherry-Apple Sauce

Posted on: June 28, 2011

I get sick of buying baby food. It’s quite expensive for the small amount you get, and some of it tastes AWFUL!

This morning I decided to be supermom and make some fresh, homemade apple sauce. It was almost as easy (if not faster) than digging in the pantry for a pack of Gerber!

NOTE: This isn’t just for baby. This recipe makes APPLESAUCE, much like the kind you would buy in a jar, only sweeter, and yummier, and fresher, and CHEAPER!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 apple
  • handful of cherries (optional)
  • about 2 T water
  1.  Peel the apple.
  2. Cut the apple into four sections, core it, and then slice it and cut it into little chunks.
  3. Cut cherries in half and place them in a microwave-safe bowl.
  4. Add apples, water, and cover with wax paper. Microwave on high for about 3 minutes. You aren’t cooking the apples, you are trying to steam them.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fruit mixture to a blender or food processor. Reserve the liquid to adjust the texture and consistency of the applesauce.
  6. Blend! Check it for consistency. Make it as chunky or smooth as you like. I use about 1T of the water when making it for baby, but for the other kids I left it a little more “chunky.”
  7. Perfect!

First bite…        mulling it over….

And we have approval!

    The texture was dead-on, the flavor was sweeter than I’d ever expect, and it just had a wonderful freshness about it.  From start to finish, this took *maybe* 5 minutes. Peeling the apple was the most laborious step, and if you have a blender that can really chew through things, I’d leave the peel on. I just didn’t want to since I was feeding it to baby.

    The applesauce should keep well in the fridge for 3 days. It may be a little watery after a bit, that is because most apples are strained a bit before being jarred. Just stir it up and it will be fine. I will be freezing some in baby food containers to see how it works, I’ll update to let everyone know!

    Next time I would double or triple the recipe.  I had to make 2 recipes this morning and it would have saved me some time. It would also be great to keep on hand for recipes. I use applesauce instead of eggs and oil in recipes all the time with great results!

    This recipe makes approx. 1/2 cup of applesauce. Points depend upon how you base your points. If you count fruit free (I wouldn’t in this case) it would be 0 points, if you count, it would be 1 point (1 WWPointsPlus.) But seriously, it’s fruit and only 1 point. And soooo delicious!

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