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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Homemade Spiced Applesauce

The difference between homemade applesauce and jarred applesauce is so amazing that you will never eat the bland commercial stuff again...and you will be surprised at how easy it is to make. Our favorite apples to use in this recipe are Gala, Cortland, Golden Delicious, and Stayman Winesap. Use two or more varieties of apples together for the best tasting applesauce. While this applesauce is excellent out of the refrigerator, it is truly heavenly served warm. Simply reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warm, but not steaming hot.

3 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
1 cup water
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine the apples, water, and brown sugar in a heavy large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the apples are tender, but not mushy. Remove the cover and increase the heat to medium. Briskly simmer until most of the water evaporates, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and cinnamon. Cool for 20 minutes and then mash with a fork until a thick and chunky sauce is formed. Serve warm or refrigerate for up to three days and serve chilled. For a smoother sauce, cool the apple mixture until it reaches room temperature. Place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Return to the sauce pan and re-warm before serving if desired.

Makes about 3 cups of applesauce.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes

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