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Applesauce is a very versatile and frugal food.   If you have an apple tree, it is very easy to make applesauce.  If you don't like the way it tastes, you can just use it for baking. 

Applesauce comes in large jars.  If you do not want to finish the jar with your meals, use it for baking.  It is a great ingredient to add flavor to cakes, and they smell wonderful when they are baking.

You can also use applesauce as a partial substitute for both eggs and oil.  You can substitute 1/4 cup of applesauce for an egg in most recipes.  You can also substitute 1/2 of the vegetable oil in a recipe for an equal amount of applesauce.


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Here are a couple frugal recipes that use applesauce.


Applesauce Cake


1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 yellow cake mix
1 2/3 cup applesauce
3 eggs
powdered sugar for topping

Grease a tube pan.  Preheat over to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.

Mix the remaining 3 ingredients.  Beat on high speed for 2 minutes

Pour 1/2 of the batter into the pan.  Sprinkle with the sugar mix.  Top with the remaining batter and gently smooth the top.

Bake at 35-45 minutes, or until cake passes the toothpick test.  Cool upright in pan for 25 minutes, and then turn upside down on serving plate.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Applesauce Cobbler


1 can applesauce
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 sticks of margarine, sliced

Spread the applesauce in a 9x9 baking dish.  Sprinkle the cake mix over the top.  Next add  the brown sugar, and then the pecans.

Dot with the butter.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.







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