Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cooking With Applesauce

When I think of applesauce I think of a childhood memory. My mom used to buy the applesauce with cinnamon in it. Until I was a teen, I thought all applesauce was dark in color and had a cinnamon flavor. I still smile when I see the small servings of cinnamon flavored applesauce in the market, knowing that other moms are also giving their kids this yummy treat.

I love to use applesauce when cooking. I’ll share a few recipes that I enjoy using applesauce:

Cookies Made with Applesauce

2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 -3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 small package chocolate chips (I always prefer milk chocolate)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls two inches apart on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until done.

And what about Applesauce Chicken?

1 fryer, cut up into 8 pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook about 5 minutes. Onion should be soft. Add applesauce, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is slightly thickened.

Arrange chicken in casserole dish. Pour most of the sauce over the chicken leaving enough to baste once during cooking. Bake in 350 degree oven until chicken is done.

I love quick breads. These are loafs made in a loaf pan, without yeast. They are quick and easy to make and require no rising time.

Applesauce Bread

2 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Mix all ingredients together. Beat well, medium speed about 2 minutes. Pour into loaf pan and cook about 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Insert toothpick into center of cake. Toothpick should come out clean.
Audrey :)


Rochelle R. said...

I have some applesauce in the frig I need to use up. think I'll try the quick bread. The chicken recipe sounds interesting also.

Chris said...
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Chris said...

Great recipes. I also make applesauce pancakes. I add a couple of tablespoons to the batter. I makes them a little heavier and thicker. Just the way we like them.

Anonymous said...

how i wish i can come up with a meal that my kids would eat. i am a terrible cook. i can't even cook egg the right way (if the right way is with the yolk broken and the egg toasted, i guess i am doing it right). my kids always complain whenever i try to whip up a meal. it's my husband who cooks really well. but nevertheless, i love at your recipes and i enjoy imagining myself wearing an apron, in the kitchen, humming a song, while preparing a delicious meal... yum!

Anonymous said...

oh by the way, i was jumping over from themomblogs... cheers!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Fantastic! Can you hear my printer humming? Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I've often thought about trying to use applesauce in some of my recipes, but I haven't done it yet. I'll have to try these out. I'm looking for some new chicken ideas so maybe I'll do that one.

Tina Butler said...

I love your site and recipes. And of all things Applesauce is my youngest son's favorite food he will eat it with anything. I love your blog I am off to search around it some more.

Anonymous said...

This is great. I bet it's a lot healthier too!
Thanks for the great post.

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I am about to go try your applesauce bread right now! Can't wait!!!

Jen said...

Awesome ideas, might try one.