Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chai Spiced Applesauce

This is a weird recipe to be posting in spring.  I have read lots of food blog posts recently with citrus fruit, but apples are usually reserved for fall.

I have a coworker who brought a box full of tart but delicious apples to work.  It was either apple sauce, apple crumble, or apple pie.  I chose the healthier but still satisfying option.

I made it chai spiced because chai spiced and s'more themed food is all the rage.

These photos don't look too appealing, but the applesauce was cool, refreshing, and delightful.  The flavors were reminiscent of fall, but sometimes you need to buck societal norms.

The recipe is pretty easy, but it took a long time for the apples to cook down.  I looked at several different recipes and amalgamated them.

The ingredients are 15 small apples, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cardamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

I washed, peeled, and cubed the apples.

I added the apples to a pot with brown sugar and water.

I added the salt and all the spices: cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, and coriander.

I cooked this forever! I actually cooked it for a little over an hour.  I would stir it pretty regularly and smash it with the back of my spoon.

After an hour, it had this consistency.  It was still chunky, but I prefer my applesauce chunky.

This applesauce was sweet and satisfying.  It sated my sweet tooth without being naughty.

The blend of spices were aromatic, warm, and exotic.  It was delicious.

The texture was smooth with chunks of softened, sweet apples.

I enjoyed every spoonful.  I'm glad my coworker had apples to share.


Unknown said...

interesting combo, would love to give it a try!

Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog said...

I can totally seeing this being delish! I have apple and fall recipes I've been wanting to post too, so I totally understand the struggle :)

Ashley said...

Love that you added chai spice, great idea!

Unknown said...

Love applesauce! Adding chai spice is such a great idea!

laura said...

Thanks Ladies! It was delicious!