Years ago a friend of ours, SM, would give us big bags of fresh apples right off her tree. Those were some good apples! One of the favorite things to do with apples in our house is to make warm applesauce.
SM has since moved away and we must get our autumn apples from the grocery store nowadays; but that warm homemade applesauce is still a favorite around here. Over the years we have kind of perfected our favorite applesauce recipe and I must say it’s pretty darn good!
I like it nice and warm with a big ol’ dollop of whipped cream on top!
A couple of weeks ago while I was filling my shopping cart with an assortment of apples [D had requested a big ol pot of applesauce be put on the menu that week.] I heard a little voice behind me ask; “Do you have lots of kids who like apples?”. I turned to see a nice lady who was also taking advantage of the apple sale. I said “No; not lots of little kids that like apples. Just one big one that likes applesauce!” She apparently found that remark quite funny and when she stopped laughing she talked about how she hadn’t made applesauce in years… she just didn’t have the patience to stand over that pot of hot simmering syrupy goodness.
Well I couldn’t resist telling her that I cooked mine in the crock-pot and that it was pretty darn easy. I didn’t have all the exact measurements memorized but she got the idea and said she was going home to perfect her own version of crock-pot applesauce.
It’s contagious I tell ya!
Here’s our favorite applesauce recipe… What do you like to do with all your autumn apples?
10 to 12 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Mix well, apple chunks will mash while you mix.
Leave it as chunky as you like.
Serve warm or cold.
Tip: For the best flavor use a variety of apples such as;
4 Gala + 2 Granny Smith + 2 Red Delicious + 1 Braeburn + 1 Fuji
or any combination of your favorite varieties.
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