I feel like the apple craze hit me a little later than usual this year. Maybe because the weather has been pretty warm and it hasn’t felt like fall. Anyway, this past week the need for apples and apple treats hit hard. This week also happened to be the week our school transforms the gym into an apple pie factory. We make over 7,000 pies in 2 days and then sell them to raise money for the school. It’s our biggest and best smelling fundraiser, with the sweet smell of apples, cinnamon and sugar filling the halls.
Enter homemade applesauce. I cook it in the Crockpot, and it makes the whole house smell like heaven.
- 10 apples (I typically use a variety of kinds including Empire, Gala, McIntosh, and Fuji)
- ½ cup water
- ½ sugar (If you like sweet applesauce, or are using tart apples, you can add up to a cup)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Splash of lemon juice
- Other optional ingredients include: honey, nutmeg, allspice
- Core and peel the apples. The nice thing about this sauce is that you don’t have to peel everything perfectly. If a little bit of the peel is left on an apple here and there, it’s fine!
- Chop the apples into smaller pieces and dump them into the crockpot.
- Add the water, sugar, and any other ingredients to taste.
- Cook on low for about 4 hours, stirring and mashing the apples occasionally.
- I like my sauce on the chunky side, so once the apples are soft, I mash as much as I can with a wooden spoon, but leave some chunks. If you like your applesauce smoother, you can use a blender to puree it further.
This applesauce is awesome warm, however it can be stored in the refrigerator for several days, or put into the freezer and last a few months. Mine never lasts that long, especially now that my son has a new found love
of this special He wanted to eat the entire batch!
So grab some apples, let the sweet apple aromas fill your kitchen and enjoy!