Vanilla Bean Applesauce
Recipe by Diane Forley Otsuka
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Wake up your tastebuds by using real a vanilla bean in this easy recipe. You'll be amazed at how this simple addition takes applesauce to a whole new level.
- 2 pounds apples
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Juice from 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Wash, peel, and core the apples. Cut each apple into quarters; cut each quarter in half. Let your child put the apples in a pot.
- Into the same pot, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean with the tip of a knife, then toss the pod in too (or add the vanilla extract). Stir in the other ingredients and cover. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are softened, about 15 minutes.
- Remove the vanilla bean pod. If you prefer a smoother sauce, mash the apples lightly with a potato masher.
Recipe originally published in Wondertime magazine.
Tips & Tricks
When you're done, save the vanilla pod for vanilla sugar. Just rinse it, dry it with a paper towel, and put it in a cup of sugar in a sealed container. Store in the refrigerator.
8 (1/2 cup) servings