This past weekend I brought home a bag of apples from the Farmer’s Market only to discover I had a bag of apples sitting on the counter. Homemade applesauce it is! I don’t really know how to make applesauce, but figured that it couldn’t be too hard. I knew that I wanted to use my crockpot and minimal ingredients, so I set out to look for a great applesauce recipe.
It turns out that they are pretty much all the same. Apples, sweetener, water, heat, BOOM! Applesauce. With this knowledge, I set out to create my own recipe for applesauce and see how it turned out. Friends, this sauce is legit. I will admit that I used a bit too much cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon), but it is still delish and the kids love it.
First, I washed, peeled, and sliced my apples. This step took the longest, but I was excited so that kept me motivated.
Then, I threw them in the crock pot along with water, cinnamon, lemon juice, and honey. I set the crock pot to high, covered it, and came back 4 hours later. The house smelled amazing! I mashed it all up in the pot with a big spoon. In hindsight a potato masher would have made the job easier.
All of these apples made a quart of applesauce. It is delicious both cold and warm, and frankly, it is almost gone. So, if you have apples on hand, give this a shot. A simple recipe, few ingredients, and incredible flavor make this applesauce a “repeater” in our house!
- 16 small apples, washed, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used a full tablespoon in my first attempt)
- the juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey
Chop up your apples and throw all of your ingredients into crockpot. Set your crockpot on high for four hours. Enjoy!
Makes 1 quart
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