The first time I heard about applesauce I got so excited I couldn’t wait to try it. A healthy, sweet sauce that can substitute butter/oil in cakes and tastes like apple? This must be the most amazing and delicious thing in the world. So I found one of those skinny, low-fat kind of recipes that uses applesauce instead of butter and I was ready to give it a try.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but seriously that store bought applesauce was just blunt. No taste at all. Eventually I made that skinny cake and that was it. I decided that maybe applesauce is not for me.
And a couple of days ago.. here we go again. Another skinny recipe that I desperately wanted to try. But it calls for applesauce. So I decided to try the homemade version of applesauce. I used fresh, sweet and juicy apples and some cinnamon sticks. The whole process took no more than half an hour. And it was amazing. The aromas of apple and cinnamon flooded the whole house. It was like I had baked the most delicious apple pie ever. And the flavor.. it was so much better and tastier than the store bought one.
The last time I made applesauce I added some pears too. I just can’t believe that this sauce has no added sugar in it. 20-25 minutes on medium heat is enough to bring out all the natural sweetness of the fruit. Pear applesauce is an irresistible healthy snack and I can eat it plain right out of the jar or mix it into my yogurt.
Try this homemade pear applesauce and I can assure that you will never buy it at the store again.
- about 8 medium apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- about 4-5 medium pears (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup water
- ¼ tsp salt
- Place the peeled, cored, and sliced apples into a large pot. Add the lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, water and salt.
- Bring to boil over medium high heat (for about 5 minutes). Lower the heat, cover and cook for about 25-30 min or until fruits are soft and tender and most of the liquid is evaporated.
- Once the apples are cooked through, remove the pot from the heat, take out the cinnamon stick and transfer fruit mixture to a food processor. Process until smooth.
- If the fruits are not sweet enough for your taste you can add 1-2 tbsp honey.
- You can refrigerate the pear applesauce up to 4 days. If you want to keep it longer, you need to store it in sterillized jars.