Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Applesauce!

Applesauce is one of my favorite breakfasts with a side of toast and a cup of tea.  Yes, that is one of my heavens.  Anyways about 2 weeks back I started making apple sauce from scratch this is my current recipe.  It will probably evolve. 🙂

Applesauce:

  • 6-8 lbs of apples
  •  3 pieces of lemon peel
  • 2 cups of water
  • Ground cinnamon

Wash, peel, core, and slice all the apples.  Place them in a fairly large pot and add the two cups of water, lemon peel, & cinnamon.  Turn the stove on med-high heat and wait for the water to gently boil.  Mix the apples as they cook so they won’t stick or burn.  Once the everything is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and let the apples simmer for approximately 30 minutes.  

Once the apples look pretty tender, you can either a) mash them with a potato masher to desired consistency, or b) get out your Bamix mixer and mash up the apples with the mashing blade.  I love my Bamix.  Moving on!  I like my applesauce a little chunky.  You can make your applesauce as smooth or chunky as you wish.  Good luck & enjoy!

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Cranberry-Walnut Bars

It would appear that I have a fettish for all things Cranberry & Walnut.  I got the original recipe from AllRecipes but I’ve added my own touches here & there.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

§       1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
§       1/4 cup white sugar
§       1/2 cup packed brown sugar
§       1 egg
§       1 teaspoon vanilla extract
§       1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
§       1 teaspoon baking powder
§       1/4 teaspoon salt
§       1/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
§       1 cup chopped dried cranberries 
§       1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.* Spread into a greased brownie pan (I prefer the Pyrex glass containers that come with the plastic lid. Makes putting away leftovers easy). Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool down & cut into bars.

*If the dough is too dry, mix in a teaspoon of milk until the batter is more manageable.  The texture should be like Bisquick when you make biscuit dough.