LIFE APPS from the ORCHARD, Part 3: A Little Sauce Sweetens the Deal

Life is sweeter when you add a little sauce. :) That might mean adding a little extra to a recipe. It might mean adding a little extra to your life.

Here’s a recipe for treats surprisingly delicious, soft and sweet: Sheri Liles’ gift to us on this month’s Secret Adventure.

The secret… is in the sauce. :)


Sheri’s Applesauce Muffins


  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening

  • 1 egg well beaten

  • 2 cups applesauce (fresh is even better!)

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour and ½ cup almond flour 

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg (SUCH an aroma!)

  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (Sheri uses dried cranberries and dried prunes – which is better than it sounds!)

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (She uses a blend of walnuts, almonds & pecans).


Cream sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy.

Beat in egg.

Add applesauce and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.

Process dried fruits in a food processor and add to the batter.

Spoon the batter into paper-lined muffin pans and bake at 360 for 20-25 minutes. Yield: 1 ½ dozen.

That’s it!

So how about you?

Do you have a favorite muffin recipe? How about other breads?

If you do, by all means, share it with us in the comments below.

We’re hungry now! :))




Tell me so in your comment below and I’ll be sure you get an invitation!

Here’s the fall calendar,

and here’s a post about the new level designations, to help you out.



Photo Credits: Wendy Pitts Reeves


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