June 6th is recognized as National Applesauce Cake Day, just as the apple blossoms on the trees are beginning to form into new fruit. National Applesauce Cake day is rumored to have began in the early
1900’s during WW1, a time when it was considered patriotic to be frugal with butter, sugar and eggs. Applesauce took the place of all 3 in many recipes during that time. These days though, applesauce is touted for being a healthy substitute for shortening and oil. Historically speaking, applesauce was first discovered in cookbooks back in 1739, when it was made by sauteing cooked apples with butter and rich egg yolks.
During those early days, applesauce was actually called “apple pudding”.
Here are several delicious recipes to choose from to celebrate National Applesauce Day:
- Applesauce Cake in a Jar
- Applesauce Quick Bread Mix
- Applesauce Pancake Mix
- 5th Generation Applesauce Cake
- Johnny Appleseed Cake with Maple Frosting
Incidentally, June 6th also happens to be National Teachers Day too, so if your kids are still in school, consider sending an Applesauce Cake with them for their teacher too!
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