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Cranberry Applesauce

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 cups
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NotesCooking for a crowd?

Recipe Notes

  • When frozen or fresh cranberries are not available, substitute canned cranberry sauce for the cranberries and brown sugar.  Add 1 (14 ounce) can of cranberry sauce to the saucepan after the mixture has been simmering for about 15 minutes.

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Ingredients

3 1⁄2 pounds
apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (about 8 1/2 medium apples [3” diameter])
1 1⁄2 cups
fresh or frozen cranberries
1⁄2 teaspoon
cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon
salt
1⁄3 cup
brown sugar
2 Tablespoons
lemon juice (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large (5-quart) saucepan, combine all ingredients with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Use a potato masher or fork to mash mixture to the consistency you want. Serve warm or cold.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • When frozen or fresh cranberries are not available, substitute canned cranberry sauce for the cranberries and brown sugar.  Add 1 (14 ounce) can of cranberry sauce to the saucepan after the mixture has been simmering for about 15 minutes.
Last updated: 10/09/17

2 Comments for "Cranberry Applesauce"

I made this recipe at home with frozen cranberries, added a few more apples and a couple pears. I did not add the brown sugar and the applesauce was still plenty sweet and delicious!

I made this recipe for a lunchroom tasting this week and the kids LOVED it! They all wanted seconds! Because I was making it for such a large quantity (350 students) I opted to use unsweetened applesauce and canned cranberry sauce. Based on the suggestion in the notes, I ommitted the sugar. The color was still beautiful and it tasted great warm or cold. I would definitely make this again!

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