January 04, 2013

Comfort Food: Crockpot Applesauce

Crock Pot Applesauce

10 apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar, if needed (depending on sweetness of apples used)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Put all ingredients into the crockpot and mix together.  Cook on low for 3 - 4 hours.  Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.  If you like chunky applesauce, leave as is or lightly mash with a potato masher.  For smooth applesauce, blend with an immersion blender or blender/food processor.  

Apples to use:  Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady.
I used a mixture of Pink Lady and Granny Smith in the applesauce in the photo above.

Variations:  Use apple cider or apple juice instead of water.  Add lemon or orange peels (remember to remove before blending).  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Add 1/4 cup brown sugar for a sweeter applesauce.  

To store:  Store applesauce in an air-tight container in the fridge for a few weeks (if it lasts that long!) or in the freezer.  

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