Fall Baking with Kids with an Easy Applesauce Recipe
You feel it too, right?! The crisp mornings decorated with a blanket of fog. Painted trees of fire and brimstone. A need to snuggle a little bit closer to your loved ones. The beginnings of fall is among us, and with it, all the comforting joys of the season.
If there was one season I could be infinitely happy to live out the rest of my days in, it would be autumn. I don’t think there’s one thing that makes me uneasy about this time of year. Just the thought of it has graciously left a smile across my face, only to be further elongated by a nice cup of tea post writing.
As the years pass by, the magic of fall has only been elevated with the addition of children. My enthusiasm is theirs, and vice versa. And to make this year a little more special than the previous, we decided to do something about the abundance of apples and new gadgets we had in the kitchen. An easy applesauce recipe ended up doing the trick, and made fall baking with kids a must do tradition from here on out.
A No Sugar Added Applesauce with Star of Anise
Why put in more sugar, when mother nature has so graciously gifted us with such an amazing and versatile piece of fruit? The Star of Anise seeds add warmth to the palette and give this traditional recipe a much needed facelift.
Prep Time: 15 min || Cook time: 20 min || Makes: 6 Cups
What You Need:
- 12 apples (Don’t be picky on the type, just try and choose local if you can. We got ours from Lepp Farm Market)
- 1 C Water
- 1 TB Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Star of Anise Seeds
- 1 tsp Vanilla
Peel, core and dice apples into 1 in cubes. (much easier if you have a contraption to do this!) Bring water and apples to a boil. Add in cinnamon, star of anise and vanilla. Continue at rolling bubble until apples are tender (about 10 min). Taking either an emersion blender or potato masher, give a couple smashes or pulses. Enough to where you have a 1:3 ratio of apple chunks to puree. Cook another 10 min. Serve warm or refrigerate.
Makes 6 cups.
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Easy Applesauce Recipe Now Made Into Applesauce Desserts!
If you thought this recipe was amazing enough already, I have to tell you you’re wrong! Because you’re going to fall head over heals for these easy semi-homemade applesauce desserts! This easy applesauce recipe doesn’t take long to make, and ends up laying down the perfect foundation for all the fall baking with kids that I’m sure your wanting to check off your Fall bucket-list.
Applesauce Desserts: Semi-Homemade Mini Apple Pie
The first of three applesauce desserts is a traditional apple pie that will be simple enough for the youngest hands to join in on the fun!
Time: 15 min || Serves: 12
What You Need:
- 1 1/2 C my No Sugar Added Applesauce with Star of Anise
- 12 Pre-made Mini Pie Shells
- 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars
- Can of Whipped Cream
Bake mini pie shells as directed on packaging. Scoop 1.5 TB of my No Sugar Added Applesauce with Star of Anise (either warmed or cool, your preference). Smash up your Nature Valley Granola Bars, sprinkle on top of mini pies. Top with whipped cream. Ta-da! One of many super simple applesauce desserts! This recipe should take you around 15 min!
I think that you can agree that falling baking with kids is now easier than ever, and of course delicious! Make sure you check back in a few days, as I will be unrolling more applesauce desserts.
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What makes Semi-Homemade Applesauce Desserts Even More Fun to Make?
Having the most beautiful kitchen utensils of course! For this month’s Yes Chef favorites, these copper measuring spoons, cups and duster were just screaming take me home! And after many years of making my broken silicon ones “work”, I decided it was time to update them. And update them I did, with these STUNNING pieces of kitchen jewelry! I can call them jewelry right? I mean look at them!?
They feel wonderful in your hands, as the weight to them feels just right. And the wooden handles of the measuring spoons are easy to grip. Not to mention the copper perfectly compliments the changing colors of the leaves outside.
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They are so beautiful, that I’m desperately trying to find a solution as to how I can display them in my kitchen. If you have any recommendations, please share!
If you decide to make this No Sugar Added Applesauce with Star of Anise or work it into one of your favorite applesauce desserts, please tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see how fall baking with kids happens in your home! Or head to Yes Chef in downtown Abbotsford for their fall cookie class on October 17th!
This post is sponsored by Yes Chef.