March 25, 2009 Look around right now and you'll start seeing the most amazing deals on apples! I thought an abundance of apples was just a fall thing, but I'm not complaining. Super quick ideas on what to do when your inner-thrifty shopper realizes that she just bought 6 lbs of apples for just a few bucks... Applesauce and Apple Cupcakes!
To make a healthy, yummy Applesauce, simply dice 5 peeled apples (Granny Smith's here), and stew along with a few tablespoons of sugar and a vanilla bean. Add other spices if you wish, and you also might need to add a bit of water depending on the moisture content of the apples. Simmer until apples are soft and enjoy! (An awesome way to make your house smell super warm and inviting, too!) Keep in an refrigerated airtight container for about a week. Applesauce rivals yogurt as one of my favorite replacements for fat or oil in recipes. Of course, they are PERFECT for cupcakes!!!!
For Apple Cupcakes:
5-6 apples, peeled and diced (I used a combo of Granny Smith and plain ol' Red Delicious for these)
3/4 cup applesauce (recipe above)
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon each: baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
Optional for those that don't have Walnut-Hating-Husbands: 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter, applesauce, sugar and egg together; in a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Blend wet and dry ingredients together, then add the diced apples (and walnuts). Pour into paper-lined muffin tins or greased ramekins, filling just below the edge. Sprinkle tops with a bit of extra sugar. Depending on size, bake 30-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean (not poking any apples while doing so). My cupcakes and small ramekins took about 45 minutes or so, due to the moisture content of the apple pieces!
Eat. Enjoy. Love. Share with friends ;)