An Apple a Week: Chunky Pear Applesauce

Editor's Note: Each week in October, we bring you a recipe that spotlights the apple.


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Applesaucing is to apples as pickling is to cucumbers. It's a great way to preserve the beautiful fruits that are popping up all over farmers' markets. For an extra flavor dimension, I like to throw in pears and a few drops of vanilla, and of course loads of cinnamon. Applesauce is a funny little guy since he can be baby food mush one minute, and a nice garnish to roast pork the next.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, sweet and mushy (such as McIntosh)
  • 6 pears (such as Anjou)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

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    Wash the apples and pears well. Quarter them, removing the stems, seeds, and core.

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    Throw the chunks into a pot, filled about one-fourth the way with water. Bring to a boil.

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    Reduce the heat to medium and cook until fruit is soft.

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    Add cinnamon to taste (more than a tablespoon is very fine), and a teaspoon of vanilla for an extra kick.

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    Eat on the spot, or enjoy for later by storing in sterile mason jars.