Combine the spices of chai tea with a simple homemade applesauce recipe for a delicious fall recipe.
Homemade applesauce is one of my favorite fall treats. I'm the only person in my house that enjoys applesauce so I usually make a small batch in the fall and freeze it to enjoy throughout the year.
Last fall I was trying to use up some Chai tea I had from making Chai Christmas cookies the year before. I thought the spices in the chai tea would go wonderfully with apples. And it does!
I just made a small batch of applesauce so I only used 3-4 medium sized apples. You can really use as many or as few as you'd like.
I prefer not to add a lot of extra sugar so I really like to use Gala apples to make the sauce. I did add a touch of brown sugar because I like the flavor in the finished applesauce. I use an apple peeler and corer and it's one of my favorite kitchen tools ever!
Cook the apples down until they are soft and easily mashable. This was a small batch so it only took about 30- 45 minutes. I cooked them down on the stove top in a pot but a slow cooker would work as well.
Just fill the pot or slow cooker crock up to 2/3 full with the apples and let it cook on low or high until the apples are falling apart.
Here's where I did something new. I processed the apples in to sauce using a blender and prepared Chai tea.
I kept adding tea about a tablespoon at a time until the applesauce was smooth and creamy. I didn't want any chunks at all.
I used less then half of a cup of the tea and the amount you use will just depend on how many apples you have and how smooth you want it. If you don't want to use tea, water works, too.
Let the applesauce cool and divide it in to jars or freezer containers. This small batch just made these three jars, which is perfect for just me. But you can make a much larger batch if you want more for your family.
Vanilla Chai Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar for every 4 apples
- 1 mug of prepared Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
- Put apples and brown sugar in a pot for cooking the stove or in the crock of a slow cooker. Cook until the apples are falling apart and are easy to mash. This will take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on many apples you use. But don't cook too long or you'll end up with apple butter!
- Carefully put the cooked apples in to a blender. Add Chai tea a little at a time and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Allow the applesauce to cool completely before putting in to jars or other containers to serve or freeze.