So… This past week has been a crazy week for my house. Believe it or not Bennita’s house functions off chaos like one tent shy of a full blown circus. JUST KIDDING but seriously very busy getting stuff ready for a giant Halloween block party to help a sick little boy celebrate what might be his last Halloween, making sure costumes for 7 people are figured out, prepping for a bake sale we are doing, filling orders (I work as a designer for a custom products company), and making sure the kids get to school and the husbands get to work (Here is when I should mention I own a home with my mom and dad and my siblings live her too soooo there are 7 of us. Traditional Hawaiian household!) is truly exhausting so quick and easy and picky eater friendly is always on the menu.
Tuesday night we decided to have traditional pork chops, pan fried, in a cast iron skillet. What goes great with pork chops??? Applesauce DUH! The only problem is that applesauce traditionally takes preparation and hours on hours to cook… Or so you thought.
We love applesauce so much in our house and my little girl would eat it all the time if we let her so I figured I would share the wealth a bit on how to cut down an all day process and make all the little’s, both actual little’s and your inner child, happy at the same time.
Enjoy and happy Cooking.
One Hour Applesauce
- 8 apples (mix of Gala, Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples)
- 4 tbsp + 2 1/4 tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. While oven is preheating peel apples and cut into quarters.
- Mix sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl until combined, slight crumbles. Rub sugar mixture over apples, coating as much as possible.
- Place apple into glass casserole dish, at least 2 inches deep, and bake for 40 to 60 minutes. Apples should be fork tender.
- For chunky applesauce: Mash with fork or potato masher. For smooth applesauce blend in a blender or food processer until you reach desired texture.
- Serve warm or cold.
Notes: If your apples don’t produce enough liquid while baking we suggest adding apple juice or any kind of fruit juice of your liking a quarter cup at a time until desired consistency if reached.
Chef Recommends: If apples are not your thing pears also make a great applesauce like side dish as well!
Chef Recommends: If your kids are a little older let them help peel the apples so they feel they are a part of it. If they are a little younger helping rub the sugar on the apples is a great way to get them included. Studies show that when kids help in the kitchen and feel included in the meals they eat they are less picky and more likely to try new things!