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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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