When I was young I remember making applesauce with my mom the old-fashioned, food grinding, sieve using way. I also remember sitting there waiting & thinking, even at a young age, ‘THIS PROCESS is WAY TOO LONG!’ Yes, I was impatient, my mom will agree, and as a result I quickly channeled that energy into finding shortcuts and alternative ways that sometimes work & sometimes don’t. Thankfully the quick & easy, but homemade warm applesauce was a ‘thumbs up’ and became a recipe keeper.
Jared came to visit me at the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club Studio to help make my quick and easy version of homemade apples sauce for one of our Thanksgiving side dish shares. And, together we made a festive twist, serving them in cinnamon coated apple bowls for just a little added touch of family fun. He was an awesome helper in the kitchen & took all of the applesauce home to share with his family :)!
Take a peek at Jared’s debut in the kitchen in our video share below & we hope you’ll grab the recipe and give it a taste testing try in your kitchen.
- 4 apples
- ½ cup water
- 1-teaspoon Price Chopper cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Price Chopper vanilla
- Price Chopper brown sugar, light
- Wash, core and peel the apples. Dice the apples. Place the apples, cinnamon, vanilla and water into a saucepan. Simmer the apples over a medium to low heat, covered until they are soft and a fork can easily slide in and out of the fruit. Note: Boil the apples as if you were boiling potatoes.
- Let the apples cool slightly until they are warm, but not hot. Place them into a mini or regular size food processor and pulsate until they are finely chopped and pureed like applesauce, but not liquefied. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or honey at a time during the pulsating/chopping process as needed. The amount needed varies on the type of apples you use and taste buds.
- Cutting the Apples: Once they are washed, peeled and cored, younger children may be able to cut these into pieces with a butter knife or a safe fit knife.
- Creating Apple Bowls: 1 apple = 2 bowls
- Start by cutting an apple in half. If the outer edge causes the apple bowl to be rocky, simply slice a thin layer from the bottom so that it rests firmly in the serving process. Using a small paring knife cut a circle around the outer edge, leaving approximately a ¼ - ½ inch rim without cutting through the apple. I then cut the center into quarters, again not cutting through and scoop out the center of the apple using a grapefruit spoon. Let the kids add a light layer of cinnamon over the apple bowl for presentation and to cover any browning that might take place. Fill the center with applesauce and serve.
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