Apple & Pear Sauce – YUM
We have apple trees here at our home but it’s still so much fun to go out and apple pick with the kids. I took a Sunday this fall with the kids and met my sister for some fun and free labor!
One of the things I love to make when we have a ton of apples is applesauce. It’s so easy to make with no added sugar and to freeze for use through the winter. While I was gathering my supplies I noticed we had a few pears to use from our trees as well so naturally I invited them to the party and now we have apple & pear sauce.
I used a basics applesauce recipe from allrecipes.com as my inspiration and ran with it.
- 3 1/2 cups apples, peeled and cored
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
- 1/4 cup beet puree (roasted or canned beets that have been pureed with water in a food processor until smooth)
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.
- Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove.
- Process in a blender or food processor until you get your desired consistency.
- Enjoy now or freezer once cooled for use within 6 months.
The beet puree added a great color and “earthyness”. I always have some on hand in the freezer to throw into recipes quickly. I also love beet puree in blueberry jam and in pancake mix. My two girls love the pink color it turns the pancakes and waffles but don’t have a clue it’s good for them!
I hope this inspires you to create your own fruit “sauce” for yourself and your family. The end product is so wonderful and fresh and for an added bonus, your house will smell amazing! That’s not something you get from store-bought!