Monday, November 12, 2012

recipe: spiced crockpot applesauce

This applesauce is flavored with cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg.
It is easy to make & perfect for this time of year, because it is made in the crockpot.
Plus, it's the perfect blend of smooth & chunky, which is my favorite!
I have already made it twice, because it tastes so much better then any store-bought applesauce.

18-20 small apples (You could use any variety, I used galas & jonathans.)
4 tablespoons light brown sugar (This is optional, you could use more or less.)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
(Note: all of these amounts are approximate because I didn’t really measure…)

Peel, core and chop the apples.
Add the brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and the spices. Mix well.
Set the crockpot on low and allow the apples to cook for several hours. Stir apples occasionally.
 They will slowly break down into applesauce. It will probably take about 6 hours. 
Use an immersion blender to blend until it is the desired texture. 
I prefer chunky applesauce, so I didn't blend it for too long. 

Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
It is good cold, but it can be re-heated in the microwave if you like it warm, which I do!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh yummy! I've been wanting to make some applesauce like this! Thanks for the inspiration!