NEW WAYS TO USE RHUBARB
Although this Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce is unique compared to traditional applesauce I will say that the change in ingredients tastes great. If you love the tartness of rhubarb and the sweet taste of cherries and apples this is an applesauce you will want to try.
I’m always trying to come up with recipes to use the vast amount of rhubarb our one plant gives us every year. I don’t know if it’s because it was planted practically under the downspout on the side of our house or it just likes its home but it sure does give us an abundance of rhubarb without fail every year.
It got to the point where our freezer was starting to fill up with bags and bags of frozen rhubarb which I promised my wife I would make something with. Well 2 years later we still have beautiful rhubarb waiting to be used up plus the new crop we get this year.
Since the birth of our son we have started making our own fruit puree and it wasn’t until my mother was here that the idea of making Rhubarb applesauce came to my mind. I haven’t had a chance to get around to making it until the other day but I also added in some gorgeous cherries.
Since rhubarb is so tart I thought by adding apples, cherries, cinnamon and a bit of sugar it would really bring it to life. I was right! The end result was a gorgeous Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce which we’ve eaten topped with Greek Yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt.
We’ve also made Nicola’s Scottish pancakes and topped them with the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce and yogurt and they were to die for. Our son polished a couple off himself.
You could use the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce to make applesauce muffins, applesauce cake or even applesauce cookies which I might try for the little guy with some oats and raisins. Some recipes you might notice remove the butter and add an applesauce substitute to trim the fat and calories.
HOW TO MAKE APPLESAUCE
Making applesauce is dead easy so if you have lots of apples consider making it yourself. I chop up 4 apples, add a 1/4 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar (desired amount) and let it cook down on the stove-top. It’s that easy to make applesauce hence the cheap price at the grocery store.
For this recipe I used 2 apples (we like Fuji or Delicious), pinch of salt, 4 cups fresh rhubarb, 2 cups of fresh pitted cherries (any variety). I added 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar (adjust as needed).
This probably isn’t the applesauce recipe you will want if you are looking for a sugar-free applesauce unless you don’t mind the tart rhubarb taste. If so, eliminate the sugar in my recipe and substitute it with your own sweetness or leave it out.
All you need to do is cook the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce mixture down for about 15- 20 minutes on high stirring frequently. I used my hand blender to blend it up and make it nice and smooth. It actually tasted better the next day as there was time to let the flavours come together.
The good thing about making applesauce at home is you know what goes into it. Some places may add any and all types of apples bruised or not. When you make homemade applesauce you can source the best apples and create a luscious or chunky sauce.
I’ve never thought about canning applesauce but you could certainly can this in jars so you have it for the year in your cold room. We do make a crab apple jelly so that might be a good time for us to can it all at the same time.
Last year I made a delicious Mixed Fruit Custard Crisp Square with rhubarb mixed in as well as Rhubarb Blueberry Sauce for my pancakes. Nicola also recently shared her Classic Rhubarb pie with Meringue Topping.
Below is a photo of the cherries we picked this past weekend at my father-in-laws house plus fresh rhubarb from our garden. The other pot has some chives, lettuce and spring onion from our garden as well.
- 2 Fuji or Delicious apples peeled and hopped in chunks
- 4 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
- 2 cups of pitted fresh cherries
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- ½ cup cold water
- pinch of salt
- This is a very simple applesauce.
- Peel the apples and chop them up before putting them in the pot
- Add the rhubarb chunks
- Add the pitted cherries
- Add the water, salt and cinnamon
- Cook on high for 15-20 minutes until soft
- Blend with the hand blender
- Refrigerate for a day for better taste
- Freeze into muffin tins for baby food fruit pucks if you'd like baby food.
- Can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months
Add this Rhubarb Cheery Applesauce on your favourite recipes or use as a dip or filler for baking and creating other recipes.
What are some of your favourite recipes with applesauce?
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