It smells like fall in my house 🙂 I finally have almost all of our Halloween decorations up and I have been busy in the kitchen on my study breaks.
I recently made a trip to my local grocery store and picked up a bag of day old apples for $1.99. It contained a mixture of Washington, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples. I decided I’d give homemade applesauce a go. After spending some time researching, I decided to use the crock pot because I could let it sit and not have to worry about it while I was busy with my daughter and school work. I cooked the applesauce yesterday, pureed it in my food processor this morning, and my daughter and I have been snacking on it since. It turned out amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever purchase store bought applesauce again. It makes a good amount, so you can even freeze it if you don’t think you’ll go through it fast enough.
With so many apples sitting around, waiting to spoil, I made a batch of apple chips along with the applesauce. Yum!
Here’s what you’ll need for the applesauce.
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
About 10 apples. This can vary due to apple size. You need enough to fill the crock pot.
(Sorry for the horrible photos. The pictures I took last night with my iPhone look awful compared to the pictures I took this morning after I pureed the applesauce.)
Start by peeling your apples. You can do this all at once or one at a time (like I did). If you have an apple corer, you can use that at this point as well. I didn’t, so I just peeled and diced.
Dice the apples and place in your crock pot. Fill the crock pot until you’ve almost reached the top.
Top with 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 2 heaping tbsp of brown sugar.
Cover and let cook on low for 6-7 hours. I don’t think you really need to stir your apples, but I did every now and then so that the mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar could really get mixed in with the rest of the apples.
Turn the crock pot off and allow the apples to cool before pureeing them. Or you can do like I did and put the cooled crock pot in the fridge and puree the apples in the morning.
This was so simple and absolutely delicious. I think I may even try some strawberries mixed in the next time I make it. I’d also use this in steel cut oats and pie filling (before it’s pureed).
// Karissa <3