Cranberry Applesauce – Even He Can Do It!

I’m so excited to bring you the first of (hopefully) many Even He Can Do It! posts!

Two weeks ago, I came home from a long day at work to find Mr. Texanerin making my favorite snack, raspberry applesauce, which I had run out of and hadn’t had time to make.

All he seems to do in the kitchen (other than clean up my mess) is make toast, boil spaghetti and potatoes, and fry meat. Oh, and his vegetables… So I was shocked to find him making something like applesauce.

I can’t describe how happy it made me and I asked him why he couldn’t do stuff like that more often. Turns out that recipes that take a long time to prepare, produce a ton of dishes, call for many different ingredients which he can’t locate, or involve difficult steps are not attractive for him.

We then got the idea of him making a super easy and quick recipe every now and then and posting it here for other husbands, boyfriends or really anyone out there who aren’t so talented in the kitchen. I’ll be helping him with the pictures.

My recipes are already pretty simple, but his will be even easier.

Some of the recipes will be great to make as surprises for significant others, some good for just helping out with a meal, or like this one, if you “have” to make something to contribute to a holiday meal! And like always, the recipes will be healthy or healthified in some way, although I think Mr. Texanerin will get a few passes on that one.

By the way, the “he” in Even He Can Do It! refers to Mr. Texanerin, not men in general. So nobody needs to yell at me. ;)

Hi everybody. My name is Alex and I’ll be your host today. ;)

Please excuse if the things I post are a little rough around the edges. I am completely new to the world of blogging and English isn’t my first language.

I am not a foodie. I like eating a lot, but making the food – not so much.

Before I met Erin, I’d occasionally make stuff to eat for myself, but calling it cooking probably wouldn’t be justified. More like boiling some potatoes, steaming some vegetables and frying some meat. To add taste, I’d just throw some spices on them.

More often than not, though, a quick salad and a few slices of bread with lunchmeat, cheese or sweet spreads would do the trick for me. Now with Erin, I get away with minor support roles in the food making process. Stuff like cutting the meat or peeling vegetables.

Imagine my “joy” when I had to contribute something homemade to my first real Thanksgiving over at Erin’s family in Texas two years ago. Luckily, Erin had this really easy but yet untried orange cranberry sauce recipe for me. Guess what? Everybody loved it! Since then, I consider cranberries my lucky ingredient. ;)

So I couldn’t think of anything better to start food blogging with than this really simple cranberry applesauce. Just core a bunch of apples, dump them in a big pot, and add the cranberries and some apple juice and lemon juice. Cook for half an hour, puree it if you don’t like chunks, and you are done. No risk of overcooking. No risk of burning. Very few dirty dishes involved. Guaranteed happy wife. Perfect!

Have a great Thanksgiving and let me know how you like the recipe! If you need some more easy recipes for Thanksgiving, try these roasted rainbow carrots. These red-skinned mashed potatoes are also a favorite! If you need a sugar-free alternative, try this keto low-carb cranberry sauce recipe.

Cranberry Applesauce - Even He Can Do It!

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  • Yield: 8 cups


  • 2.5 pounds (1100 grams - 5 large) apples
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) apple juice
  • 12 ounce bag (340 grams) cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup (60 - 120ml) maple syrup or other sweetener, optional


  1. Core each apple (do not peel!) and cut into about 6 - 8 pieces. Put the apples, cranberries, apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks or cinnamon into a large pot. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer, partially covered, for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and then use an immersion blender to puree it if you want it smooth. You could use a potato masher if you want it chunky. Taste the applesauce and if it's not sweet enough, add some maple syrup, a tablespoon at a time. Cool and store in the fridge for up to one week.

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55 comments on “Cranberry Applesauce – Even He Can Do It!” — Add one!

  • Heather R says
    December 14, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    I'm a little late here but welcome Alex! How nice that you're getting involved:) Erin's recipes are very much appreciated in this family and now we're excited to try yours too! Initially I made this so that my 9 month old could eat it too. Therefore I had to peel the apples and I thought that because I used honeycrisp apples that it would be sweet enough that I wouldn't need the maple syrup but no. I added very little and its perfect but she'll just have to stick with her apple/pear mixture for now and the rest of us will enjoy it. Thank you and we look forward to seeing what else you create!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Heather R
      December 19, 2012 @ 9:15 am

      And I'm late with my reply! Sorry… we just got back from vacation. Thank you for the welcome and I'm happy that you appreciate Erin's recipes. I do, too. ;) I am excited to hear that your family liked the applesauce. Thank you for letting me know!

  • Jodie Vasichek says
    December 9, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    I've been away for a while and didn't see this post. It's great that you are getting involved, Alex, and you may even inspire my husband. He enjoys making things that are simple. Nice idea you guys!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Jodie Vasichek
      December 10, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Jodie! It's great to hear that my little series might inspire others, that was our whole goal. :) I like to listen to audiobooks while doing housework, so simple is a key ingredient for me, too. The fun is gone for me as soon as I have to concentrate on the recipe so much that I can't get some listening done…

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    November 28, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    What a fun idea for a series! My husband can follow a recipe like no bodies business (he is good with directions and is kind of a perfectionist), but he hardly ever gets in the kitchen. Maybe I will have to tempt him with a feature on my site! The applesauce is a great color, sounds wonderful!

  • Rose Marie says
    November 27, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    O.K. I went to the contact section and clicked on the e-mail envelope which led me to sign up for a 'feed' – that's not right, is it? I think I need further instructions ;-].

    • Erin replies to Rose Marie
      November 27, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      Boo… Alex is lazy! The contact page is correct, but it's written out like this: texanerinbaking at gmail dot com (to prevent spam). Thanks Rose Marie! I appreciate it.

  • Rose Marie says
    November 27, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    No, but it is available upon request. I'd be happy to e-mail it to you both if you'd be interested.

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Rose Marie
      November 27, 2012 @ 7:44 am

      That's so nice of you, we'd love that! Could you please send it to Erin (see "contact" in the menu at the top of the page). Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Rose Marie
      November 27, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

      I'd be interested, too! :) So happy that you liked the applesauce and thank you for taking the time to leave feedback!

  • Rose Marie says
    November 26, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    This apple sauce is excellent! A perfect topping for my homemade granola and yogurt!! Thanks!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    November 23, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    I love this! Great job Mr. Texanerin! I'd love to get my hubby involved doing something like this. Although it might only be steak and potatoes type dishes :D Anyways… I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you! :D

  • Erin says
    November 21, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    Haha love this! I need to get my husband in the kitchen more…he definitely needs to learn to cook more!

    • Erin replies to Erin
      November 21, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      Yes! They all do, don't they? :)

  • says
    November 21, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    Oh wow, I am jealous….in a good way. I only wish my husband would cook stuff for me. Maybe on another life :-) I like anything simple and this one for sure is. I could eat this by the spoonful, with yogurt, ice cream you name it. So refreshing….I need to make some.

    • Erin replies to
      November 21, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      Maybe you should stop cooking for him for a while to see how he likes it. Then maybe he'll learn a lesson and cook something for you at some point? Just a thought. ;) And yes, this is refreshing! Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  • Carla Walker says
    November 20, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I love this new series! So much fun! My husband is the exact same way. I will have to see if I can get him to do some stuff like this :) It looks perfect! I didnt know thats why you are living outside of the US. So cool (is he German?) :) My husband and I are both American, but he got a job in New Zealand, so thats why we spent some time over there. Such an awesome opportunity!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Carla Walker
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

      Hey Carla, you guessed right. I am German. How cool that you get to live in NZ! Did you have the chance to see the southern parts of the country? I so want to go there! Good luck on convincing your husband! The more the merrier :)

    • Carla Walker replies to Carla Walker
      November 28, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

      We did get to see a little bit of the South Island of NZ. We went to Queenstown in April, so it was really beautiful with the fall colors. Very stunning. I wish we got to see more of the south island but thats the only place we went. I guess we need to go back ;) We also got to take a quick trip over to Sydney before moving back to the States. That was beautiful too. I really hope you get to visit New Zealand. It is a must see place!!! Cant wait to see what else you make Alex!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Carla Walker
      November 30, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

      I really hope so, too! I am working on a post for next week. It involves peanut butter… ;)

  • Lora says
    November 20, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    Love this series idea and I love the idea of cranberry applesauce. Perfectly simple and so pretty.

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Lora
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

      I am not the biggest applesauce fan, but this version is really good. The cranberries add that little bit of extra taste! And as I said (between the lines): foolproof :) You probably don't even have to stir.

  • Loretta E. says
    November 20, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    This will be such a fun feature! Can't wait to see what else comes next!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    November 20, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I'll subscribe Tomasz to this seri :) And congrats for Mr. Texanerin!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    November 20, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    Yay for Mr. Texanerin – he did a great job! And the pictures are gorgeous, Erin. You two make a fabulous team. =)

    • Erin replies to amy @ fearless homemaker
      November 20, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

      Thank you! It was SO dark and dreary that day that I was shocked that I got some postable pictures. I want to use that slate background for everything now!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to amy @ fearless homemaker
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      Thank you Amy! I saw your cheez-its photo on Pinterest today. They look so nice and yellow, I actually have to go to Pinterest now and look at them again! The whole-grain flour in Erin's version posted a while back ruined the color…

  • kale says
    November 20, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    such a great idea! i'm looking forward to more installments. it's fun to see a collaboration on your site; very unique!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to kale
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Thanks Kale, this is fun! I look forward to making more yummy stuff for you ladies!

  • Baltic Maid says
    November 20, 2012 @ 4:05 am

    Awwww, that's really awesome! Neat idea!
    This entire post is awesome though. Starting with the explanation of why Mr. Texanerin doesn't cook more often to his "joy" of having to contribute to Thanksgiving and how Erin (and cranberries) saved the day. Love it!
    Nice to meet you, Alex! I love your recipe!

    • Alex @ Texanerin Baking replies to Baltic Maid
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

      I am really glad you liked the whole post! Erin said you are German, so: herzlichen Dank! Ich habe eine gefühlte Ewigkeit für die paar Zeilen gebraucht… Thanks for your encouragement :)

  • The Life of Clare says
    November 20, 2012 @ 2:24 am

    Love it, what a great series!

  • angela @anotherbiteplease says
    November 20, 2012 @ 2:14 am

    what fun! love to see what Mr. Texanerin will be cooking up next!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    November 20, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Looks like your husband did a wonderful job! I love when my husband is in the kitchen with me, makes it more fun! Great idea for a series!

    • Erin replies to Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

      I am the same way, too! Unfortunately, that happens way to little :( Let's get our guys into the kitchen more often!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    November 19, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Awwwww he did such a great job! And you know I'll be adding this to my Thanksgiving menu, right? :)

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    November 19, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    YUM! My mom was wanting us to make a cranberry applesauce for Thanksgiving. Great timing!! :)

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
    November 19, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Hey Mr.Texanerin, great job! This looks delicious :)

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
    November 19, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    The cranberry applesauce looks delicious, and I love the series idea!

  • butterbaking says
    November 19, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I love this! Awesome idea Erin! :-)

    • Erin replies to butterbaking
      November 19, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      Thanks but he had a part in it too. :) Wasn't all my idea!

  • london bakes says
    November 19, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Such a great idea for a series, looking forward to seeing more guest posts from Mr Texanerin!

    • Erin replies to london bakes
      November 19, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

      Me too as this also means that Mr. T will be making me more food soon. ;) And thanks!


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