Friday, November 30, 2012

Homemade Crock-Pot Applesauce

I love applesauce. It’s definitely in my top ten list of favorite foods – somewhere between soup of all kinds and pasta.
And while I am perfectly happy to grab a container of Mott’s and throw it in my lunchbox, nothing can truly compare to the deliciousness of homemade applesauce.
Here’s the main problem with homemade applesauce, though: the stirring. Most recipes call for you to SLOWLY cook the apples on the stovetop, stirring frequently to make sure nothing burns.
Right. Like I have the time (or, let’s be honest, the patience) for that.
Luckily, a few years ago, a friend introduced me to the wonders of crock-pot applesauce.
O. M. G. So easy, so good.
The most difficult part is peeling and coring the apples. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I made applesauce for three different meals, and peeled, cored, and chunked 35 apples. My poor little cramping fingers were very displeased.
Which is why I’m asking for one of these bad boys for Christmas:

Here’s hoping that fancy-schmancy apple peeler is under my tree come Christmas morning. Hopefully Santa reads the blog!
So, long story short, here’s the recipe for fabulous homemade applesauce:
Homemade Crock-Pot Applesauce
8-10 apples (any kind will do – I prefer a combo of a few different varieties – try Honeycrisp, MacIntosh, and Galas for a good blend)
1/4 cup of water
Cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar/sweetener to taste
Peel, core, and rough chop your apples. Half-way through, wish desperately for a fancy apple peeler.
Throw all the apples in your Crock-Pot. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup water.
Cook on LOW for at least 8 hours. I normally cook mine overnight.
Mash apples in the Crock-Pot with a potato masher. They should mash pretty easily.
Add vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar/sweetener to taste. Most of the time I leave out the sugar, but that’s totally up to you!
Enjoy! My favorite way to eat it is hot, right out of the Crock-Pot. Perfect for breakfast. Also super yummy cold, and keeps nicely in the fridge for about a week.

Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe? Or a special apple dish that you just love? Leave a link or description in the comments! I’d love to try some new ones.

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