EASY APPLESAUCE CAKE
This is a wonderful cake to tote to a potluck or to someone who's needs a pick-me-up. A great keeper, as well. Thanks to Caroline Quinter, Amelia, for sharing the original recipe. Here's my adaptation:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix with pudding (or add 1 small pkg of instant vanilla pudding)
1/4 cup oil
2 cups applesauce, purchased or homemade
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease 9x13 pan.
Mix sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture inside pan. (I also sprinkled it on the sides). Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and applesauce. Pour batter in, sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top of batter and swirl through cake with a knife. Bake 50-60 minutes.
HOMEMADE CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE AND FRUIT ROLLUPS
For both applesauce and leather:
Wash, core and cut fruit into chunks. I like to leave the skin on for more nutrients.
Crockpot: Spray pot with a nonstick spray. Put fruit in. Cook on low or high until fruit is soft enough to mash. This can take anywhere from 3 hours to more, depending upon the amount.
After fruit is cooked, run through food a food mill, blender or food processor, or just mash with a potato mash and make it chunky style. Sweeten to taste and add cinnamon to taste. Applesauce can be frozen, or canned in a water bath.
In the sun: Cover cookie sheets with foil, spray the foil and spread mixture on about 1/4" thick. Place outside in the sun and bring in at night or if it rains. It will take several days to dry depending upon the weather.
Oven: Dry in warm oven. It will take anywhere from 4-8 hours or more depending upon the amount, etc.
How to tell if the fruit leather is done: It should pull up from the pan in one sheet.