Some food memories we have relate directly back to one person. Mom’s warm, chunky homemade applesauce is one of those foods for me. Something I know my Mom also loved but rarely got to enjoy, is now a favorite in my own home. I can remember times in the kitchen as a young girl, peeling apples, eating peels till I was stuffed, and that smell of apples and cinnamon cooking up on the stove. My mom’s simple little secret for a spiced, warm applesauce? She throws in a handful of Red Hot cinnamon candies at the very end. Maybe we had a few candies on the side as well…..thanks Mom ♥
And what goes perfectly with hot, creamy, sweet applesauce? Hot freshly baked breads of course!
My friend Annie, who was my original inspiration to go full Vegan 4 years back now,
has always had a way with bread.
Pancakes, Waffles, Loaves, anything earthy, hearty and warm. She shared her recipe for a scrumptiously healthy Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Loaf a few months back was crying out to me and my Mom’s sweet, warm apple sauce. I’ve always fallen weak-in-the-knees for hearty, crusty breads and biscuits and Annie’s lightly sweet, lightly lemony loaf works just perfectly with the cinnamon spiced apple sauce. The mix of textures ain’t too bad either. Whether you serve the apple sauce warmed or room temp, it really compliments the chunky, hot bread. I had planned on using her bread recipe for a family dinner so I formed the dough into big, lovely rolls that would serve easily around a dinner table. They baked up splendidly all packed into an old bunt cake pan like Monkey Bread just screaming to be pulled apart as the steam nips at your finger tips.
They were perfection alongside the tart, spicy sauce!
Thanks Annie ♥
Be sure to get all the details on Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Loaf over at An Unrefined Vegan.
Back to Mom’s Applesauce has a little secret:
Red Hots Cinnamon Candies ….thrown in at the very end of each batch to power up the spices and add a touch more sweet to the apples.
Steamy hot apple sauce melts away each tiny candy, creating beautiful red, spicy swirls throughout the sauce as they melt.
Such a great addition.
Of course, the warmed sauce would be great without their addition. But so much better and an integral part of my memories with this family tradition in her kitchen.
You can find Red Hots at candy stores, some Dollar General Stores or your grocer.
If you can’t find the specific brand, you could substitute another cinnamon hard candy you like. Just make sure to add them in when you sauce is still hot from cooking.
- 8 raw organic apples - Gala, Macintosh, or Fuji work best
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups apple juice or water
- juice of 1 lemon or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 cup Red Hot Cinnamon Candies
- Peel, core and slice your apples. In a large pot, heat all ingredients to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook your apples until soft and the liquids have reduced, about 15 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and blend apples with an immersion blender or mash by hand with a potato masher until smooth but chunky. Taste for sweetness and add in cane sugar a Tbs or so at a time until you like the taste.
- Add in about 1/2 cup of Red Hot candies and stir until they are melted throughout the sauce.
- Serve sauce warmed or chilled. Makes about 3 quarts of sauce.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Happy Mother’s Day to each of you out there.
And thanks for having the patience to teach
your children how to cook!
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