A few weeks ago we went cranberry picking and came home with two beach pails full of plump berries. We also had a bucket of not-so-pretty apples that we picked while taking a walk with my dad that needed to be cooked up in some fashion because the girls refused to eat them in their gnarly state. We are big fans of homemade applesauce and eat it all the time during the fall and winter. I was inspired by the cranberries and decided to mix it up a bit.
Here's a rough "recipe" for apple cranberry sauce that I served not only for dinner, but warm on top of some french vanilla ice cream with a sprinkling of pistachios (YES!).
Apples (about a dozen small apples, or however many you have laying around)
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup water
sugar, cinnamon to taste
Peel and slice the apples into a sauce pan with 1/4 cup of water over medium heat. Stir occasionally until apples begin to soften then add cranberries, continue to cook until berries start to break down. Use a potato masher to mash mixture to desired consistency. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.
You can substitute honey for sugar, and sometimes I add a splash of orange juice if I've got it handy.
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