jC’s Homemade Applesauce

Even when served cold, homemade applesauce has a way of warming us up from the inside out. It’s a versatile staple in many cultures – it can be served for breakfast, as a side dish, as topping for potato pancakes or roast pork, served hot over ice cream for dessert, or countless other ways.

Hello fellow jC’s Fans, my name’s Katie, and I’ve got a fun recipe here for you.

I’ve loved applesauce for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never had applesauce as good as my Great Grandmother’s homemade cinnamon applesauce. It was always the perfect balance of sugar and spice, something I could appreciate, even as a 5 year old. So when I tasted jC’s Sweet Ice Tea for the first time, it was love at first taste – it reminded me of that perfect balance my Grandmother so artfully achieved. So, recently, I set out to achieve my own balanced applesauce, with the addition of jC’s Sweet Tea. And this is how I did it:

You’ll need four apples (may we suggest heading over to Clintonville Community Market, Weiland’s Gourmet Market, or any of the numerous local groceries where you can find local and organic apples), jC’s Sweet Ice Tea, sugar and cinnamon.

Peel, core and segment the apples. Add them to a medium sized saucepan.

Combine 1/2 cup of jC’s, 1 tbs of sugar, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon with the apples.

Cook over medium heat, covered, for 15 – 20 minutes.

Beware: the smell of your kitchen may make you drool… a lot.

Check for doneness by testing one apple slice with a fork. Just smoosh it.

When the apple slices smash easily, transfer to bowl and smash with fork or masher. If you like your applesauce pureed you can use an immersion blender or food processor.

If you can wait for it to cool, good for you. As for me, I had to have some hot off the stove, served with ice cream :)

That’s it! It takes 30 minutes, and only 4 ingredients. Enjoy!

  • 4 Apples, Peeled, Cored & Cut into chunks
  • 1/2 Cup jC’s Sweet Ice Tea
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Ready apples by peeling, coring and cutting into chunks.
  2. Combine apples in saucepan with sweet tea, sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Heat saucepan over medium heat, covered, for 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. Test a chunk of apple for doneness by smashing with a fork, it should be very soft and easily mashed. When apples have reached this point, remove from heat and mash with fork or masher. If you prefer smooth applesauce you may puree with blender or food processor.
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