Apple sauce is not only an important ingredient in vegan baking but has other varied uses too.
One second, Apple Sauce or Apple Spread? Well, I think its both and even more. But whatever you call it, one thing is sure that it is packed with the natural goodness of the fruit and will love it when touched by your palette.
This Apple Sauce I tried tasted divine. I made both sweetened as well unsweetened. The sweetened one tasted more or less like Jam, and, today, I had bread, not 1 or 2 but 3 slices at a go with this sauce cum jam after ages and I just loved it. It’s such a simple recipe that you won’t mind trying it out, as you can try it with just 1 apple too. Though I am sure after trying, it will be your staple recipe for apple sauce cum jam and you will make it often.
How To Make Apple Sauce
Making apple sauce is literally a child’s play. It requires just 2 ingredients and 10 minutes to make apple sauce. Neither any preservative nor colour is added to it.
To make Apple Sauce, apples are cooked on slow flame until the fruit softens up. For this, just chop apples, discard its core and boil it for few minutes. When apples get soft, mash it, cook it for few more minutes so that extra water, if any, gets evaporated. This is the basic recipe to make Apple Sauce.
It is better not to peel the apples as the peels are a storehouse of nutrients including pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre which aids digestion and keeps our gut healthy. However, if necessary then after cooking and mashing the apples, pass it through a strainer and get rid of the peels.
Further, adding cinnamon or sugar is a matter of choice and depends on the purpose for which you are making it. Also, keep it smooth or chunky, the way you like.
Apple Sauce In Pressure Cooker
Though making apple sauce is very easy but Pressure cooker not only eases it further but also fastens the process. Just take care that you pressure cook it at low or medium flame so that nutrients are released fully.
Uses of Apple Sauce
Apple Sauce is commonly used as an egg replacer in baking. Other than this, it is also used as baby food, topping on bread or ice cream too.
Apple Sauce As An Egg Replacement
Apple sauce is an excellent replacement for eggs in baking. Though condensed milk and curd are topmost egg replacers but when it comes to vegan baking then applesauce is the king.
1 Egg= 1/4th Cup Apple Sauce (Unsweetened)
For every 1 egg use 1/4 cup of apple sauce. Not only apple sauce but any fruit sauce can be used to replace eggs. But still, apple sauce is preferred as it is neutral in taste. Unlike the banana, you will not at all taste apple in the cakes.
Apple Sauce For Babies
Pamper your little ones with this apple sauce. It is very nutritious and good for their overall health. Apple Sauce is excellent for babies because of its nutrients and easy digestibility. They will love eating it!
I remember, when my kids were infants and I used to look out for varied foods that I could feed them, at that time my sister in law, Vandana Gupta, suggested Apple Stew to me. Yes, she used this name only. Apple stew is just another name for apple sauce.
However, take care of following when feeding it to babies below 1 year:
- Churn it in the blender as it may have tiny bits which may cause difficulty.
- Also, either use peeled apples or pass it through a strainer after cooking, as the peels may not be swallowed by the babies.
- Sweeten it a little depending upon the taste of apples.
Apple Sauce As Spread Or Jam
- Apple sauce, when sweetened, becomes an excellent spread for bread/chapatis. It tastes very much like Apple Jam though not hard set like jam.
- I use jaggery to sweeten it up and that too in the minimum possible quantity. Unlike Jam, this Apple sauce is not laden with sugar, hence it is healthy too.
- Also, it’s different from Jam in the sense that it is not hard set like jam. And that’s because of jaggery. Jam needs refined sugar and we have avoided it here. You can use sugar if willing to.
Apple Sauce As A Topping On Cakes or Ice creams
Next time you serve vanilla ice cream. then drizzle some apple sauce on it and serve it with fruits. You can also use it in your Ice cream Sundaes. Or drizzle it on any cake. You can even serve this apple sauce as an accompaniment to pancakes.
Shelf Life of Apple Sauce
The shelf life of this apple sauce is not much. You can store it for a week or two, depending on the weather in the refrigerator. If you want it for longer period, then the freezer is the answer.
But as apples are available round the year and its an easy peasy recipe, so I think, you can always make a fresh batch whenever required.
Unsweetened As Well Sweetened Apple Sauce
Here, I am sharing both unsweetened as well sweetened Apple Sauce recipes. I feel sweetened Apple sauce tastes just like Apple Jam, so you can easily and without any guilt serve it to your family members. So, do not miss it and give it a try for sure.
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Step By Step Instructions With Pics To Make Apple Sauce
- Wash the apples, pat dry. Remove its core and roughly chop into pieces. No need to peel.
- Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/8th cup water and pressure cook these for 1 whistle on medium flame.
When pressure is released, mash the apples using a potato masher (or in the blender) and your unsweetened Apple Sauce is ready.
Now, the same Apple Sauce can be turned into sweetened Apple Sauce which tastes more or less like jam. For this, add jaggery powder to it.
- Cook on medium flame till jaggery is dissolved fully.
- Once the jaggery is dissolved, increase the flame and boil the jam briskly stirring often.
- When it stops bubbling and spluttering then check for its doneness. For this, take little on a plate, let it cool. If liquid separates out then cook for some more time. If sets and there is no liquid then it is set.
- Switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely.
- When cooled completely, fill it in jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Use it on bread or ice cream or pancakes.
Recipe Card Of Apple Sauce
Easy Apple Sauce In Pressure Cooker
An easy, quick and healthy recipe to make Apple Sauce, either sweetened or unsweetened.
Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 2 Apples roughly 350 g
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder Optional
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Sweetened Apple Sauce
- 100 g Jaggery Powder
Unsweetened Apple Sauce
Wash the apples, pat dry.
Remove its core and roughly chop into pieces. No need to peel.
Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/8th cup water and pressure cook these for 1 whistle on medium flame.
When pressure is released, mash the apples using a potato masher (or in the blender).
Cook it for few minutes so that extra moisture, if any is evaporated.
Unsweetened apple sauce is ready. Use it as it is or let it cool down completely.
When cools down, fill it in jars and keep it in the refrigerator.
Sweetened Apple Sauce
To make it sweetened, after mashing the cooked apples, add jaggery powder and cinnamon.
Cook on slow flame till jaggery is dissolved fully.
Once the jaggery is dissolved, increase the flame and boil the jam briskly stirring often.
When it stops bubbling and spluttering then check for its doneness.
For this, take little on a cool plate, let it cool. If liquid separates out then cook for some more time. If sets and there is no liquid then it is set.
Switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely.
Fill this sweetened sauce in jar and store it in the refrigerator.
Serve with love, bread optional.
I used very less jaggery powder as we prefer less sweet. You may increase the quantity little if you feel less sweet.
Water is added while boiling as it helps to form the steam.
If using an electric blender then let the apples cool down first.
Jaggery is dissolved on low flame otherwise it might crystallize.
Jam boiled quickly on high flame has a better texture and flavour.
If you do not want the peels, then roughly chop the apples, cook, mash and pass through a strainer. Thereafter, add jaggery powder and cinnamon and proceed as above. This is because apple peels have a high content of pectin and we do not want to lose it.
I hope you have liked this recipe of Apple Sauce and will surely give it a try.
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