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.
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.