Bust our your slow cooker for the easiest, most delicious applesauce you will ever make!
Well, I finally managed to put a dent in my apple haul from the other weekend! As much as I’ve loved having a giant bowl of apples taking up space in the kitchen, it felt like a race trying to make my way through them before they got mealy and soft. Mealy apples are the worst….firm, crisp and slightly tart is where it’s at!
I used to hate, no, no, scratch that, I used to detest peeling apples. I’m not trying to be dramatic. It’s true. It wasn’t just specific to apples, I hated peeling all produce. I just had a crappy peeler. Like a really, really crappy peeler. Clearly this is a simply problem to fix….assuming you’re not lazy.
What’s not to like about applesauce that involves no more prep than peeling and slicing apples?! The slow cooker does all the work for you!
Mix your sliced apples, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, brown sugar and water in the bowl of your slow cooker, turn it on high and walk away, go do what you do, for five hours. Maybe give your sauce a stir once or twice if you can…I like to do this just so I can sneak a taste.
If you’re a chunky applesauce lover like me, your applesauce-making is complete. If a smooth sauce is more your style, get out your immersion blender or puree the applesauce in a standard blender.
I used two cinnamon sticks when I made applesauce….don’t follow my lead on this. I think one cinnamon stick (as noted in the recipe) is perfect for this recipe, although L really liked the extra cinnamon punch.
As the apples break down and reduce, the flavors and spice become more concentrated and potent. A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way here.
Also, if you don’t have any cinnamon sticks, don’t sweat it, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon will work just as well.
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