October 2, 2003 at 4:36 p.m.
From the time we are babies, applesauce is one of the first solid foods we eat. If I remember correctly, it was rice cereal and smooth applesauce that filled those little tummies and helped to get our babies on a good eating schedule. I made the sauce, which all five of them thoroughly enjoyed, and I do believe, it was one of the healthiest foods we could give them.
Applesauce is a wonderful, refreshing food to eat any time of the day. It’s great served as a sauce or dolloped on top of pancakes or waffles, with a sprinkling of cinnamon, or used as a topping on ice cream or folded into a dish of vanilla yogurt. It’s just plain good!
For those who have never made applesauce, this is one way to do it.
Wash, peel, quarter and core apples to make 1 qt. (4 cups). Put in 2 qt. saucepan; add water to measure about 1/2-inch deep in pan. Heat, covered until it comes a boil. Lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Sweeten to taste (about 1/4 c. sugar to four apples) and bring to a boil again.
Remove from heat and blend in blender, food processor or strain through a strainer or colander. Add a couple dashes of cinnamon if you wish.
If you prefer, chunky applesauce to smooth, don’t put the apples mixture in a blender or through a strainer; leave as is.
2-1/2 to 3 lbs. (8 medium) apples makes 1 qt. sauce.
NOTE: This sauce is especially good made with Greenings, Wealthies, Jonathans, Beacons or Winesaps.
Make an oven supper tonight or soon with this delicious ham recipe, baked potatoes, a green bean casserole and perhaps some warm french bread.
APPLESAUCE HAM LOAF
2 lbs. ground ham
1/2 lb. ground pork (not pork sausage)
1 c. soft bread crumbs
1/4 c. milk
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 T. vinegar
1/8 t. black pepper
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. melted butter
dash of cloves (optional)
In large bowl, combine all ingredients, except sugar, butter and cloves; mixing well.
Shape into loaf (like a small loaf of bread) and put into greased 9x5 baking pan. Combine last three ingredients and spread over top of ham loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Serves 6.
Here is another version of chunky applesauce and a lowfat, low cholesterol recipe to go with it.
CHUNKY CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE
6 small (about 1-1/2 lbs.) McIntosh or Winesap (or other cooking apples) peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 c. apple juice
1/2 fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 t. ground cinnamon (optional)
In 3 qt. saucepan, heat all ingredients over high heat to boiling. Lower heat, simmer, uncovered 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until apples are very tender.
Serve warm or cover and refrigerate for 2 hours and serve chilled. Makes 3 cups or six 1/2 cup servings.
2 - 8 oz. containers low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 recipe chunky cranberry applesauce, chilled
About 15 minutes before serving, spoon one container of yogurt into five 8 oz. parfait glasses or goblets. Then, spoon about 1/3 c. applesauce over yogurt in each glass. Repeat with rest of yogurt and applesauce. Makes 4-5 servings.
NOTE: I sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped nuts, granola cereal or coarsely crushed vanilla wafer crumbs on top for a crunchy garnish.
Also, hang a fresh apple wedge over the rim of the glass with a sprig of fresh mint alongside––pretty!
This cake is really full of apples. It’s moist and low in cholesterol and fat.
1-1/2 c. plus 3 T. flour (recipe calls for unbleached flour), divided
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. light corn syrup
3 T. margarine (not spread), melted
1-1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
4 medium McIntosh or Rome Beauty apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. margarine
In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 c. flour, baking powder, baking soda; mix well. Add rest of ingredients (except sliced apples) mixing just until moistened.
Spread into 9x13 baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Layer apple slices over the top. Combine 3 T. flour with topping ingredients, cutting in margarine to form crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake at 350 degrees, 35-38 minutes or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 12-15.
Thought for the day: They say “an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” when comparing sons and daughters to their parents, in some situations. I bet you can think of an instance where this is true, right?