This time of year our house often smells better than any Yankee Candle scent I’ve ever smelled! Why? We’ve got slow cooker applesauce creating wonderful aromas in our home!!
This is so easy, if you’re not making it yet, I encourage you to try it!
All you need is:
~Apples (how many? Depends on the size of your slow cooker. Mine fits around 13 to 15 apples)
~Lemon Juice (optional)
I don’t peel my apples. I just use an apple corer slicer tool and plop the slices right into my slow cooker. Farm Boy 1 (9 years old) did this part this morning. 🙂
I sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon over the whole thing. Some people add lemon juice to keep the apples from discoloring, but a light brown applesauce seems normal to me anyways, and I don’t like adding tartness when it isn’t necessary. I guess you could add honey, if you like things really sweet, but again, it isn’t necessary. You could add nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger–you could get creative if you want to. I just stick to plain-jane cinnamon applesauce.
I turn the slow cooker on low all day. Today it got started at around 10 am, and the apples were tender and ready by dinner time. I’ve also started it in the evening so that we could wake up to warm applesauce. A delightful breakfast! 🙂
When the apples are soft, I use a stick blender to puree it so that the apple peels disappear. If you don’t have a stick blender, you might want to peel the apples before you put them into your slow cooker in the morning and use a potato masher at the end of the day.
That’s it! Oi la! YUMMY, fragrant, and so perfect this time of year! Don’t eat a bowl of ice cream while you sit down to watch your favorite show in the evening, eat applesauce! (Trust me, it’s way better than the bottled stuff–it really is like dessert!) 🙂 🙂