Monday, December 21, 2009

Cranberry Applesauce

I've been noticing a trend with my palate lately. Fairly regularly, I sit down to write a blog post, and I automatically write something like "this type of dish/ingredient/method hasn't typically been something I've enjoyed, but now that I've made it myself, I pretty much adore it."

Cranberry Applesauce

Applesauce is the most recent of these cases. I only thought to make it because I was making latkes, and was curious if a homemade version would be any better than store-bought, which is the only way I'd ever tried it. Turns out it is. Much, much better.

The cranberries added a key pop of color and tartness, and served with the best latkes ever, this was one of my favorite things I've made recently. Also, this one rates extremely high on the easiness scale, and it's an ideal side dish since it simmers away on the stove while you're prepping something more labor-intensive.

Cranberry Applesauce
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine
Printable Recipe

4 pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 8), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries (6 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1/2 cup water

Cook apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon stick, and water in a large heavy saucepan, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until fruit is very tender and broken down into a sauce, about 45 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick. Cool to room temperature or chill before serving.


Mindy said...

Mmmm...this sounds great! I bought a ton of cranberries on sale the other day, and I've been trying to figure out what to do with them. Now I know where some of them are going!

Anne said...

It is amazing to me how many foods I thought I didn't like, only to discover when I made them myself that they were actually pretty good! I love homemade applesauce, but I've never made it with cranberries. Can't wait to try it--as soon as S lets me up off the couch to do some cooking. :)

Natalie said...

yum! i have a bunch of cranberries in my freezer and i've been looking for recipes!! thanks for the great idea

Lauren said...

I might have to do this Amy! Applesauce has never been a fave, but homemade makes everything better ;D.

megan said...

I love homemade applesauce. Never thought to add cranberries though. Very seasonal :)

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