There are many benefits to retrying recipes other than perfecting them. One of the things that I have found is that, in most cases as I retry recipes they tend to get simpler. My inate preference is cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients and simplifying the recipes everytime I try them, until I reach a comfort level that works for me.
I have made this applesauce which really is a hybrid between an applesauce and a chutney, a few times since the first time I made it a year ago. I think today’s variation was about the right level of flavor and simplicity.
Tart and smooth with just a hint of spice, this applesauce will be a great side for an assortment of dishes. It would be great with crackers as well.
Applesauce with Dates and Star Anise
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes 1 cup
2 granny smith apples
1/2 cup (about 10) dates, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup of apple juice or cider
4 star anise
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
Method of Preparation
1. Core and chop the apples leaving the skin on and place in a cooking pot.
2. Place the apple juice, dates, star anise, lime juice and red chili powder in the same pot and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
3. Cool the mixture, discard the star anise, puree until smooth in a blender.
4. Use as needed.
This will keep in the refridgerator for 3-4 weeks.