Friday, November 14, 2014

Crockpot Applesauce


As a child and young teenager, I loved applesauce. I anticipated the soft, sweet, cinnamony, gentle taste as I eagerly ripped open the aluminum top of the plastic, kid-sized package. One second later, I had eaten all of the applesauce and was always disappointed there was no more.

Now that I'm what many would consider a seasoned adult (my mom would object), I am no longer a fan of applesauce. . .that is, not the store-bought kind. I originally tried out this apple dish as a means to make apple juice/cider while making applesauce a byproduct. After much frustration with the muslin cloth and the realization of how little liquid yielded from the 10-14 cooked apples, I decided to stick with applesauce.

But that very little bit of juice/cider that managed to seep drip through the cloth was really like liquid gold! It was thick, sweet, and oh so flavorful. I hope to try making more apple cider soon. Anyway, when I tasted how AMAZING the juice/cider was, my curiosity was peaked. I tried the applesauce and SWOONED! I couldn't believe it had only 2 tablespoons of sugar instead of the 1/4-1/2 cup called for in other recipes. It was perfect.

It was thick and soothing to my tongue and throat. It had a perfect balance of sweetness and cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, and other fall-like flavors. This applesauce was so amazing that only a couple of days later, I bought more apples to make more! The other great thing about this recipe is that you don't need to peel the apples. Just cut them, place them in the crockpot, squeeze a bit of fresh, lemon juice on top along with brown sugar and spices, and allow it to cook and fill your house with the rich, delicious perfume of fall, apples, cinnamon, and love :). I hope you give this recipe a try!

Crockpot Applesauce
by mangiodasola

10-14 small- to medium-sized apples (I have now used Jonathons and McIntosh apples)
1/2-1 small lemon
2 Tbsp brown sugar, optional (depends on how sweet your apples are)
cinnamon to taste
pumpkin spice (cloves, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon) to taste

Cut the apples (no need to peel them*; they will be pulverized later). Place apples into the crockpot. Squeeze lemon juice on top of the sliced apples. Add sugar, cinnamon, and other spices. Allow apples to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Pulverize the softened apples with a hand blender or transfer them to a blender. Blend softened apples until they reach your desired consistency. Eat the applesauce warm or cold! Enjoy!

*If you prefer a chunkier applesauce and are not a fan of apple skins, then you should peel the apples before cutting them. My applesauce was blended well enough that I rarely tasted any skin. It was perfect for me. Also, the skin has extra nutrients!

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Memoria
    I have never seen such a pretty, pretty bowl of applesauce! I love that you can leave the skin on because as you suggest, therein lies the majority of the nutrients. Additionally, anytime I get to use my crockpot so that it does all the work, then I'm all for it :o). Thank you for making and showing us this delicious and nutritious recipe.

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    1. Thanks for your reply, mom! I'm glad you like the photos. I'll be sure to make you some this Christmas! Love ya!

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  2. I love how simple this is to make, and I bet the results are so incredibly delicious!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your reply! Even without sugar, I'm sure this applesauce would be amazing. It is very simple to make. I hope you try it out!

      I visited your blog, and everything looks so delicious! I'll have to try out the GF, vegan apple tart and the butterscotch oatmeal cookies very soon.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Okay, I just finished off a cup of your crockpot applesauce, and it was as delicious as the photos and the recipe promised. Yummy, girl, simple and yummy! I love this homemade applesauce; you have spoiled me for ever buying the jarred version ever again :o)

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