Caramel Spice Applesauce and Lemon Ginger Applesauce

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It isn’t so hard to make you own applesauce, and the flavor is exponentially superior.

Lemon ginger applesauce is a wholesome mix of apples, ginger, lemon and a bit of honey. The bright lively flavor of this applesauce is an antidote to the heaviness of fried food. The famous tummy soothing properties of ginger mean that this applesauce will make you feel a bit better if you over indulge in latkes.

The other applesauce is comparatively a rich treat, with buttery caramel flavor.

Hanukkah Blog Party

Caramel Spice Applesauce

2 1/2 – 3lbs. McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, chopped (if the apples are small, it will be about 8-12 apples; if you are using large apples, you might need just six)
1/2 cup cider, apple juice or water
1/2 cup sugar
2-4 Tbl. butter
juice half lemon (at least 2 Tbl., plus more to taste)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. cinnamon, or more to taste
1/8 tsp. salt

Put chopped apples and water or juice in a medium saucepan and simmer until the apples disintegrate, stirring regularly.

When the apples are softened and started to turn to mush, start making the caramel. Add the sugar and about 4 Tbl. of water to a small pot (enough water to dissolve the sugar). Cover and heat the pot over medium heat, checking often. The sugar and water should turn to a bubbling syrup.  When the syrup gets foamy, uncover the pot and continue to cook until the sugar syrup starts to turn color. It will go from a straw color to a light gold to a copper color. When it starts to turn color, have the butter and the applesauce nearby. When the color starts to go from light gold to copper, turn off the heat, add the butter and a few spoonfuls of applesauce and stir to dissolve. Use a long spoon and stand back, because the caramel with foam and can splatter. Dump the caramel into the pot of applesauce and stir well to dissolve.

Add lemon juice, salt, vanilla and cinnamon to the applesauce. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Lemon Ginger Applesauce
2 1/2 – 3lbs. McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, chopped (if the apples are small, it will be about 8-12 apples; if you are using large apples, you might need just six)
1/2 cup cider, apple juice, water or lemon ginger tea (I like the Yogi lemon ginger tea)
2 Tbl. honey
1 Tbl. minced crystallized ginger (1 ounce)
juice half lemon, or to taste
1/8 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste

Put chopped apples, ginger, honey and lemon ginger tea (or juice or even just water) in a medium saucepan and simmer until the apples disintegrate, stirring regularly. Add lemon and cinnamon, adjusting seasoning to taste.

Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats. 
 
To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:
 
2 copies of Susie Fishbein’s new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira’s  Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll) 
2 copies of Esther Deutch’s CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)
 
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win! 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post

This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email holidayblogparties@gmail.com
 
Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:
Latkes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki

Daniel from Peikes Cookbook made Potato and Fennel Latkes Fried in Duck Fat With Chinese Five Spice Apple Sauce
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite made Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can’t Believe They’re Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
Donuts and Desserts: 
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi’s Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts 
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn’t Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita’s Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables

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17 Responses to “Caramel Spice Applesauce and Lemon Ginger Applesauce”

  1. shelley Says:

    So glad you joined the blog party – can’t wait to see how you used the printables to decorate your home!

    http://thekosherhome.com/chanukah-sameach/

    Shelley from The Kosher home!

  2. G6 Says:

    Thanks for this post and thanks for running this giveaway!

  3. gigi Says:

    I am always looking for some interesting new apple sauce recipes to top my potato latkes looks like a great one right here. can’t wait to try your version. thanks for sharing this recipe! gigi.

  4. overtimecook Says:

    It’s been waay too long since I made applesauce- love your flavor combos!

    Thanks for joining the party!

  5. Churros con Chocolate Says:

    [...] from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 [...]

  6. Blima Says:

    They look good

  7. Glazed chocolate donut holes (Plus: Giveaway + Chanukah Blog Party!) « More Quiche, Please Says:

    [...] Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce [...]

  8. Gluten-Free Nosh Says:

    Great recipes! I made my own applesauce for the first time this holiday, and I was surprised at how easy a basic recipe could be. Love your additions.

  9. Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies | Gluten-Free Nosh Says:

    [...] Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce [...]

  10. Claire Says:

    Wonderful recipes for applesauce. I always make a very plain one but these seem delicious, thank you for sharing.

  11. crispybitsnburntends Says:

    I love the sound of caramel spice applesauce. It sounds so wonderful. I would love to have a big jar of that year round to put on everything!

  12. Mom's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies | Organized Jewish Home Says:

    [...] Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food: Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 [...]

  13. Amital Says:

    Yum. I love ginger!

  14. Brina Sachs Gonzalez Says:

    Your applesauce sounds amazing, i love both caramel and ginger.

  15. Devora Says:

    Yummy!

  16. Gianna Says:

    Sounds like a good recipe.

  17. A Bit of Brooklyn Says:

    Wow, looks super yummy! Great idea for dressing up applesauce… sorry I didn’t see this post in time for Hanukah! Next year :)

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