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Chai Applesauce

What you need: 

2 cups water
small chunk fresh ginger
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
1 chai tea bag
2 red delicious apples, finely chopped (with or without skin)
2 teaspoons sugar free syrup (or maple)

What you do: 

1. Bring water to a boil. Add ginger, lemon juice, and vanilla and let boil for about 5 minutes.
2. Add chai tea bag, and take out after about 2 or 3 minutes. Add apples. Let this boil for about 10 minutes.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Apples are done when they are very soft and look like they are ready to fall apart.
4. Drain apples, but save the left over liquid. Blend apples and syrup in a food processor and add left over liquid as needed. Chill, or eat warm!

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Servings: 
2

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Yum! I just made this. I tripled the recipe because I just bought 10 pounds of apples at the farmer's market!! :o

I used Jonagolds and I cut the pieces kind of small... maybe 1 inch cubes, and the apples were pretty soft already. It took them maybe 40 minutes to cook and when I stirred it, the started falling apart. So I strained them in my mesh strainer, saved the liquid, and emptied the apple into a mixing bowl. Stirred it for awhile and it was already so mushy I didn't even need to blend/process it! There was a little more liquid left with the apples after straining than I like (the liquid didn't turn out very syrupy for me), so I added a handful or so of rice flour while it was still hot to firm it up, because I like my applesauce thick.

Oh! I also boil my own chai, so I don't have chai tea bags. Instead, I added ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, some salt and a touch of nutmeg to the pot as I boiled the apples. Technically I'm missing the pepper and fennel, but I thought the pepper'd be a tad odd and I only have whole fennel seeds--and I didn't want to have to fish them out.

Delicious! I will make this again.  ;)b

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This came out so delicious. I had to make a couple of adjustments for what I had in the house. I did not have any chai teabags but I did have some chai starbucks latte mix that you are supposed to add milk to, to make. I poured in about a half a cup of that and just let it boil with the lemon, vanilla and powdered ginger (the chai had ginger in it so I don't think I was missing out on much ginger). It sat and bubbled and simmered nicely and then I pulsed it a couple times in the Magic Bullet and I did not get baby food. It tasted great!

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This was so good.  ;)b I didn’t have any vanilla so I substituted it with 2 packets of sweet n low, also didn’t have any fresh ginger so I just dumped a bunch of ground ginger in and I also left out the syrup. The left over liquid wasn’t as “syrupy” as the recipe called for it, but I had no problem with it… the actual applesauce made it thick enough for my liking. Delicious! Will be making again.
YUM!  :)>>>

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oo now why haven't I thought of this?

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Very good indeed!!!
I forgot the sugar and tried to add it in afterwards and it didn't mix in as nicely. Definitely will add sugar during cooking process next time. Came out great and the extra liquid did make for a tasty drink too. Next time I want to boil in some cloves. Will be making this again.

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:)>>>
Delish!  I made this tonight, and added cinnamon, and wow, it was great!  Everyone ate it before I could refrigerate it, lol.  I'm making more so that I can have some tomorrow.  C:

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I'm making this right now.  I'm trying it out with granny smiths, because I bought a five-pound bag that turned out to be all mealy.  :-[  That's such a letdown.  Anyway, it smells great!  I was counting on it being delicious, so I went ahead and doubled the recipe.  :)

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AMAZING!! :)
I loved this! Very very clever idea! I love chai tea, and I love applesauce, so this worked out perfect for me!  I didnt have any vanilla, so I added some organic sweetner to it! YUMMY!

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I like making applesauce with granny smiths, I gotta try this one with it, sounds really good.

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This is delicious.  I ended up with a baby food smooth applesauce too, but it was still so good.  I added more vanilla, which made it really good.  I made a quadruple batch and canned it.  This is so good.

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