I’m on a quest to use up pantry items and free up some space, while making tasty things while I’m at it. I have my eye on clearing out the space currently used by applesauce, because I honestly don’t use it that much on a day-to-day basis. Growing up, apples were either things you eat raw or chopped into spice cakes; my family simply didn’t do (for example) applesauce with pork chops, so it never made its way into my day-to-day routine.
While most of my applesauce is canned in litre jars, I have some sauce from the russet apple trees I gave my parents in the freezer in 1.5-cup containers, and I’m more likely to make a single batch of a recipe that uses one unit of applesauce than I am to double the recipe. The point is to clear pantry space, not make too much to eat a time so that I need to put things back into the pantry. This recipe is one I found to use up the freezer containers. There’s a different recipe I have that is meant to use up the litre jars
I am reproducing the recipe as originally written, but when I make it, I modify it to use:
- 1.5 cups applesauce (instead of 1.25 cups), because I don’t want to store a measly 0.25 cup of applesauce
- 0.75 cup white sugar (instead of 1 cup), because homemade applesauce is really sweet and flavourful
- An added 0.25 cup ground flaxseed to add a nutty flavour and help absorb some of that extra liquid
- Twice the amount of ground spices
- 0.5 cup of raisins, or chocolate chips, or some other dried fruit (instead of nuts)
Due to the increased volume, I need to pay attention and bake a bit longer.
Original recipe found here.