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"Old Fashioned" Homemade Cran-Apple Sauce

This has got to be one of the easiest and uniquely delicious apple sauce recipes out there. Even though sugar will be found in the soda, there is no added sugar otherwise, just natures' sweetener. My son sat down to this for dessert and ate the whole bowl. Don't worry if any of the apple tidbits are slightly firm by the way, that adds character, bite and its' own uniqueness, yet again. The taste of golden gingerale is the perfect compliment to applesauce, but use other flavors such as cherry, root beer, orange, lemon lime or even Moxie............hahaha, I think I just lost you didn't I?


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 6 large sweet apples, peeled, cored and diced fine
  • 3 tablespoon(s) maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon(s) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) can golden gingerale *

"Old Fashioned" Homemade Cran-Apple Sauce Directions

  1. Add everything to a large saucepan with lid. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, lay the lid on askew and continue cooking and intermittantly stirring for about 20 minutes, or until apples have dissolved into even smaller pieces. You can mash the apples at any point once softened as well, to help the cooking along. Once soft, you will notice the liquid has evaporated and the apple sauce has thickened substantially. If need be, add more soda, but a very little at a time. When done, remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. I want you to taste this before you cover with film wrap. Remember how it tastes now, refrigerate overnight. In the morning you will notice the applesauce has thickened even more. Now taste it again. Remember how it tasted last night? Quite a difference huh?
  2. * Or use ginger beer but either way, you want the spiciest true 'heated' flavor of gingerale without being overly sweet. I find that Polar brand is one of the best and lets the flavor of ginger come to the tongue.  Bear in mind that ginger beer will contain up to about 10% alcohol.