Applesauce and Applesauce Cake

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – An applesauce cake is a delicious old fashioned cake that’s been popular since the colonial days! Tinky Weisblat, food writer at showed us how to make homemade applesauce and an applesauce cake!

Homemade Applesauce

Enough apples to make 6 generous cups of cut-up apples (preferably more than 1 variety)
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup sweet apple cider, plus additional cider as needed
maple syrup to taste, depending on the tartness of your apples (1 to 2 tablespoons should suffice)

Wash the apples and quarter them (actually, I tend to cut them into eighths if they are at all big). Remove any bad spots, but don’t worry about cutting out the core and seeds if you have a food mill.
Place the apple pieces, the cinnamon stick, the salt, and the cider in a 4-quart pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, covered, and simmer it until the apples soften, checking frequently to see whether you need to add more cider to keep the sauce from burning. The cooking time will depend on the type and age of your apples and how many of them you are using. A 6-cup batch may take as little as 25 minutes, but a larger, firmer batch can take up to an hour.
Let the apples cool for a few minutes; then run them through a food mill. Discard the skin and seeds (excellent pig food or compost!), and place the sauce in a saucepan. Add maple syrup to taste, and heat until the syrup dissolves, stirring to keep the syrup from burning.
If you want to can your sauce, reheat it to the boiling point, ladle it into sterilized pint jars, and process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 20 minutes.
The yield will depend on your apples. Six generous cups of apple pieces provide about 1 pint of sauce. Feel free to multiply this recipe if your apple harvest is copious.

Applesauce Cake

2 cups flour
3/4 cup snipped or chopped pitted dates (use a floured knife or scissor for cutting)
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups applesauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan. Toss 2 tablespoons of the flour into the dates, raisins, and nuts. Set aside both the fruit and the flour.
In a large mixing bowl on medium speed cream together the butter, spices, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Gradually add the sugar. Beat until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.
At low speed ALTERNATELY blend in the flour mixture and the applesauce. Mix just until smooth.
Stir in the date/fruit mixture, and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the cake tests done. Serve plain or iced.

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