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A recipe for vanilla apple sauce plus an apple recipe roundup

The first day of fall is tomorrow, and we plan to celebrate by eating something involving apples. Apples are as much a part of fall as pumpkins, mums and colourful leaves. If you guys have ever been apple-picking, you also know what it’s like to lug home a big basket of apples and then wonder how the heck you’re going to eat them all before they go bad. And as much as we want to adhere to the 100-mile diet, the fact is that sometimes we get pretty sick of eating apples. So creative ways to eat them are always welcome. We got a bunch of ideas for turning the humble apple into something mouth-watering or, in some cases, weird.

Our featured recipe comes to us from Jodi of Simply Fresh. It never really occurred to us to make our own apple sauce before, especially the vanilla-flavoured kind. But this looks so easy and yummy that we may never buy the kind in those little plastic containers again. Jodi offers this tip: “The secret to this sauce is to pick a variety of apples, the sweeter the better! By picking apples that have a high natural sweetness, the less additional sugar will need to be added. So try to stay away from Granny Smiths and pick a variety such as Macintosh, Red Delicious or Gala.”

Vanilla apple sauce


10 apples (a mix of different sweet varieties) 
1 tbsp lemon juice 
1 tsp vanilla  
1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Wash your apples, then peel, core and chop apples into slices. Using an all-in-one corer and slicer allows kids to help without having them use a knife. Add apples to a large pot filled with 1 inch of water covering the bottom.

Add lemon juice and vanilla, and bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until apples are soft enough to mash with a potato masher. Mash apples, leaving some chunks for texture. If you prefer a smoother sauce you can transfer to a blender and then return it to the pot after you have pureed it.

Taste your sauce. If you would prefer it a little sweeter, add sugar 1/4 cup at a time until sauce is sweetened to your liking.

Stir in cinnamon and transfer into sterile, heated jars or into a plastic container for the fridge.

Makes 1.5 L

Apple recipe roundup

Want more ideas for apple-iscious goodness? We combed the blogosphere for the best and most interesting recipes out there. Now how do you like them apples?

Apple butter

Apple enchiladas

Apple dip

Tricked-out caramel apples

Apple burgers

Hot apple cider

Apple pie

Carrot apple muffins

Blackberry and apple crumble

Apple brown betty

Photo by D H Wright via Flickr.

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