Friday, October 8, 2010

Homemade Applesauce in the Crock Pot

I have been in the mood to make homemade applesauce, ever since Ryan's teacher made it in class for Johnny Appleseed Day a few weeks ago!  She added a box of red hots to the apples, but my kids don't really like cinnamon in their applesauce, so I went by this recipe below.  Have I mentioned how much I love my old Crock Pot?  It is the best device ever!  You can freeze this in freezer bags, or cook it longer and make apple butter to can!  I think I will try that next.

Homemade Applesauce

8 medium-sized Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup water or apple juice

Place all of the apple pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar and ground cinnamon. Pour water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture. Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours (or on High for 5 hours), stirring occasionally.  Blend until smooth or mash for a more chunky type of sauce.  Serve warm or room temperature.

Makes approximately 4 cups of applesauce.


Jennifer Juniper said...

A box of red hots? I would have never thought of that! I love your recipe and now I'm craving applesauce too!

Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

thanks, I can't wait to try this! It sounds much easier than the grinder method my mom uses.

djscrappiness said...

Sounds yummy! I used to make applesauce with my kiddos when I taught preschool. Brings back memories!!! I love my crock pots too - but I especially like the ones you can remove the "crock" part - makes it so much easier to clean - especially when you use it to make Rotel dip!!! ;o]

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Thanks for the recipe, Lisa! I love the box of Red Hots idea... sounds awesome! Looks yummy!

Cindy's Stitching said...

will definately try this receipe. Thank you for visiting my blog.