Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce

by Marla on September 7, 2010 · 80 comments

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Who in the world would have thought that my favorite apple the Pink Lady had a super cool website? I am very impressed with their bright & cheery graphics, makes me love ‘em more. Pink Lady apples are the perfect combo of sweet & tart. They don’t turn brown easily & they have a delightful crispy-crunch when you bite into them. Second up I like Granny Smith & Honeycrisp. No matter what your favorite apple you can make a great fresh homemade applesauce.

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce Parfaits on FamilyFreshCooking.com

As summer draws to a close I thought it would be nice to combine cherries, which are a traditional summer fruit & crisp apples that kick off the fall season. Homemade applesauce beats the flavor of  jarred ones & is simple to prepare. It is great for baby food, kids lunchboxes, snacks & dessert. You might want to go without the tea if this is for your baby…..or simply use decaf. I love exposing my kids to all kinds of unique flavor combinations.

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce Parfaits on FamilyFreshCooking.com

If you are having guests over or you are trying to sell you house throw a pot of homemade applesauce on the stove and your house will smell like a giant apple pie. It is a bit misleading as no buttery crust accompanies a pot of simmering applesauce, but I am sure you can make that happen if you desire.

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce Parfaits on FamilyFreshCooking.com

This huge bowl of apples was on the table at the lodge we stay at in Telluride. Each time my kids passed it they would grab a big juicy apple to munch on. I used these and some Pink Lady’s that I got at the farmer’s market in town. Combine with fresh cherries (or frozen if cherries are out of season) and you have a very tasty homemade applesauce.

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce Parfaits on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I added Earl Grey for a slight flavor twist, you can go with or without this. You could add any tea you desire. The tea can replace any other spices you might use. Layering this applesauce with thick greek yogurt makes this into a creamy & very pretty dessert or mini meal.

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce Parfaits on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have you ever added tea to your applesauce?

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 14 half cup servings

Cherry Earl Grey Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 8 organic Apples (about 3 pounds,) cleaned, cored and cut into chunky pieces. I use Pink Lady, Honey Crisp & Granny Smith apples.
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted Cherries
  • 2-3 Earl Grey tea bags (use more or less depending on how strong of a tea flavor you want)
  • 1 cup hot Water
  • Optional Sweetener of choice: Stevia, pure Maple Syrup, Honey or Sucanat
  • Optional spices to taste: sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom or pumpkin pie spice

Method

  • Brew tea in hot water for a few minutes. Squeeze out excess tea and discard bag(s). In a large saucepan add apples, cherries and tea. On medium high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, loosely cover pot and simmer for about 30 minutes. Apples should be mashable. Take pot off stove and let cool a bit. Add applesauce to food processor or blender and puree until desired consistency is reached. Add additional water for thinner applesauce. Enjoy your applesauce by itself or make layered parfaits with Thick Greek Yogurt.
  • Notes
  • Experiment with your favorite apple & tea varieties, sweeten accordingly.
  • You can mix different varieties of apples in each batch.
  • Keep apple skins on for added nutrients.
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1 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

These parfaits look wonderful, and I love the creative idea of combining the flavors of summer cherries with fall apples! Thanks for sharing this, Marla!

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2 Nicole, RD September 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Beautiful! I love green tea! And applesauce…any unsweetened kind!

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5 Alison September 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

This looks amazing and oh so creative! Your son is SO adorable! Love your posts!!

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6 FoodFitnessFreshair September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Homemade applesauce is seriously the best. It can even turn not the tastiest of apples into a delicious snack. At my parents house, they have this really old apple tree that produces all of these small, usually defected apples. But I’d collect a ton and make applesauce. Warm applesauce is absolutely the best.

I love the color that the cherries give this recipe!

Favorite kind of tea: I’d have to go with Roastarama

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7 Juliana September 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Lovely color of parfaits…they sure look very inviting and must taste SO SO yummie! Nice photos!

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8 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I just came into a lot of Honey crisp apples that make the best applesauce- they’re so sweet I didn’t even need sugar. The tea is an interesting addition- I’ll try some in the next batch!

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9 Christina September 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm

My favorite tea is a tossup between Darjeeling and Earl Grey.

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10 Christina September 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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Oh, I love homemade applesauce. Nothing bought in the store comes close. This recipe looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

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11 Christina September 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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15 My Man's Belly September 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Fess up…you like Pink Lady apples because they’re kind of pink and have the word ‘pink’ in their name. :) I just can’t put any other apple above the Honeycrisp – yum yum

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16 Marla September 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Pamela: How did you know! Of course they are my favorite because they have the word “pink” in their name :)

Grace: That is such a sweet story about the apple tree you grew up with.

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17 Rosa September 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

A delightful dessert! That flavor combo is divine.

Cheers,

Rosa

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18 Jenny September 8, 2010 at 3:27 am

Love a mint tea- especially if we have a little upset tummy at our house… also, the Good Earth Original is always welcome- I am always trying to figure out what makes it taste sweet… even if you know, please don’t tell me… it would be like finding out Santa wasn’t real!

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19 Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella September 8, 2010 at 4:52 am

Oh my, what a delicious flavour combination! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before but I know that I would love it! :)

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20 Megan September 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

I would have never thought to add tea but I have a nice rose tea that I might just have to try. Love the idea and the presentation is beautiful!
I love a good honeycrisp!

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21 the urban baker September 8, 2010 at 6:45 am

yum, this sounds amazing! I am a tea drinker and the combo of earl grey + apple sauce – oh my!

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22 Maria September 8, 2010 at 6:46 am

Love these! Your photos are stunning as well! I love the big cherry on top!

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23 5 Star Foodie September 8, 2010 at 7:13 am

These parfaits look totally amazing!!!

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24 Maureen September 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

I love Mighty Tea! Citrus Herb is my favorite tea. Favorite applesauce is plain applesauce. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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25 Angie's Recipes September 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

This looks so pretty!

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26 Cellabella September 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

My favorite teas are Darjeeling and Earl Grey, although I love trying different blends. I also like simple unsweetened applesauces so the apple flavor shines through, and I also think apple butter is pretty good too!

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27 Brooke@foodwoolf September 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Come on. Cherry earl grey apple sauce? What a great recipe and flavor combination! I love it!

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28 Blond Duck September 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

How luscious!

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29 Cookin' Canuck September 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love the photo of the apple bowl – beautiful colors. Great idea to add Earl Grey (the tea I drink every morning) to the applesauce. Thanks so much for the link.

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32 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What a fun giveaway! Those parfaits look delicious and I LOVE your photos!
My favorite apple sauce is all natural and cinnamon – and my favorite tea is earl grey!

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33 Sara September 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Love the Parfait with cherry on top!!! gorgeous pics and your son is a cutie pie! :)

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34 Noelle September 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Tropical Green Tea is my favorite (all-time) but I do have a new favorite, Tropical White Tea. Applesauce: I like Cinnamon Applesauce. Anything with lots of spice.

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41 grace September 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

gorgeous parfaits, marla! as tea goes, i really only like chai. actually, i love it. :)

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42 Tanya September 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm

My current fave is sunbrewed lemongrass green tea with some lemon verbena thrown in…

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43 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather September 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

What a unique flavor combination you created! Chai tea is definately my favorite along with homemade apple sauce. I actually just made a batch with some apples a gal at my work brought in. They were sweet and tart, kind of like a pink lady. I added in tons of cinnamon and a dab of honey and it was just perfect!

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44 Amanda September 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Wow those are just stunning! Too pretty to eat I think :) well, maybe not LOL gotta eat them :) yum!

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45 Anna Johnston September 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Oh, I love these. Great combination of tastes.

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46 Faith September 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Your recipes are always so creative, Marla! I wish we lived closer so we could have a girls’ cooking day and make all kinds of creative things together! The Earl Grey is brilliant in applesauce. I like to add blueberries to my applesauce…so good! My favorite tea is green, sweetened with local honey and stirred with a cinnamon stick. Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

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47 Heavenly Housewife September 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Those parfaits look great, and I do make my own apple sauce so thanks for this recipe daaaaaahling, this may come in very handy :)
*kisses* HH

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48 Joanne September 9, 2010 at 4:21 am

I am most certainly a pink lady LOVER as well but honeycrisps will always be my favorite! I’m also an apple sauce fiend. My favorite tea right now is Celestial Seasoning’s bengali spice. I bet the cinnamon cardamom flavors would go great in applesauce! Thanks for this FAB idea!

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49 newlywed September 9, 2010 at 5:35 am

I am such a fan of your blog — this is such a beautiful, creative post (and recipe)! I love homemade applesauce…especially with a little cinnamon. I’d love to try this with rooibos tea, since that’s my favorite. And I love the idea of using this for a parfait! Thanks for sharing!

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50 Marla September 9, 2010 at 5:52 am

You guys really know how to make a gal smile. I love reading that so many of you make your own applesauce from scratch. For those of you that do not….we will convert you.

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51 Kassi September 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

My favorite kind of tea is chai! And unsweetened applesauce, please (homemade if possible!).

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56 FOODESSA September 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Marla…those photos bring out the child in me ;o)) Too adorable.

My favourite apples are two you’ve mentioned: Pinky and Honey…plus my new found friend called the ‘red free’…who’s a little difficult to find unfortunately.

Beautiful parfaits ;o)
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

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57 Marla September 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

Claudia: I have never heard of “Red Free” apples. You now have me very curious to seek them out. I wonder if they are at all similar to our other two favorites?

Christina: I am so happy you had great success with this applesauce. The tea infusion does add a special something.

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58 Christina September 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I just made this with Granny Smith and Pink lady apples. I didn’t have plain Earl Grey so used a lavender one. No sweetener. It’s absolutely delicious! I will be making this again and experimenting with different teas. Thanks for posting this! Next on my list is your pumpkin vanilla applesauce…

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59 Barbara Bakes September 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Now that is the fanciest applesauce I have ever seen. Love the idea of adding cherries and you are so right about how wonderful the house will smell while it’s cooking.

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60 A Canadian Foodie September 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I am not one who cares for earl grey tea in things – but it is in everything these days, and everyone else loves it. I love the photo of the apples and cherries in the frying pan. GORGEOUS.
:)
Valerie

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61 Emma September 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

My favourite tea is Earl Grey.

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79 Jen @ How To: Simplify September 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The flavor combo in this recipe is perfect!

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