Slow Cooker Applesauce

As we in the US prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I certainly hope that I’m not the only one still thinking — OOOOOH I could make that too!! This year it’s just going to be hubby and I, and it will be my first Thanksgiving to cook my very own dinner — I cannot wait! 🙂
K & I scored a 15 pound bird for $6. at Safeway earlier this month and have been busy planning how to cook it and all of the sides… 15 pounds of turkey. Yikes! We’re planning to take a big giant plate of holiday fixins to the soldiers in K’s company who have to work that day… but we’re still going to have lots of extras. MMMM leftovers!!!
Before I go into the details of my crock pot apple sauce, I want to remind you to enter my CSN giveaway! Win $35. to spend at CSN Stores!!! 🙂
But, this post is on a side or a healthier dessert you can easily make. It’s easy, and you can let it cook away all day in the crock pot while your oven’s tied up! It makes your house smell AAAAAHHHHmazing too.
This recipe, you may or may not remember, was one of my featured posts in Saturday Sevens on October 16. I was impressed with Heather Lynne’s Crock-Pot Applesauce and decided that I must try it for myself.
I absolutely adore this recipe… and that I can leave it simmering all day, giving the house a wonderful apple-cinnamon scent. When we walked back into the house, I couldn’t believe the fantastic aromas emanating from the slow cooker.
I made one and a half of Heather Lynne’s recipe, but otherwise didn’t make significant changes to it.
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I used three apple varieties — granny smith, red delicious, and a beautiful red/gold apple whose name I cannot remember.
Aren’t they pretty?
I do not have an apple peeler or corer, and cored and peeled by hand. If you are like me and are a “traditionalist” either by intent or accident, I implore you to remember that knives go very easily through apples whose skins have been removed. Though no blood was drawn, I certainly felt the sharp point of the knife a few times.
I’m not very good at this whole peeling thing. There were lots of short and stubby peels.
These were my three success stories. Ok, two and a half success stories. But aren’t the top two beautiful?
Slow Cooker Applesauce
9 large apples, skinned, cored, and cut into 8 pieces
2 1/2 lemons, juiced
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
4.5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/3 cup water
Mix all ingredients together in a four quart slow cooker. Stir together. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
After you return home your 4-6 hours are up, this is what you’ll see. Mash together (should be a cinch) into a lovely red sauce. Add another tablespoon of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, stir together and cook for another 20 minutes or so.
Serve. I garnished with apple slices… thought it might be over doing it but, it turned out perfectly!!  A definite keeper!
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13 Responses

  1. YAY! I’m glad you tried one of my recipes and liked it. This applesauce is SOO much better then store bought-we love it!

  2. Oh Erin this sounds fab! I could have used this recipe the other night!

    Bookmarking it for the future…


  3. Bonnie says:

    I too make crock pot apple sauce. It’s so much easier than stirring so it doesn’t scorch the traditional way.

  4. Zoe says:

    Homemade applesauce is so good…I like your idea of using slow cooker to do it 😀

  5. Teresa says:

    If it makes the house smell good, I’m all for it. I don’t think I would have paired apples with apple sauce before, but it looks like a nice combination. Thanks for the recipe. I haven’t prepared anything special this week so I’m not able to link up to your potluck. Looking forward to the next time!

  6. Miriam says:

    That looks delicious! No fair by the way, I was totally planning on posting my homemade applesauce next week, maybe I’ll save it for another week now :). Have a great weekend!

  7. Katerina says:

    This is a great applesauce. I will try it with pork. I suspect it will go great.

  8. Your applesauce looks really yummy. I’ve never made my own applesauce but I’d love to try it sometime.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Hi Erin! My mother-in-law just made slow cooker applesauce this week and it was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us and now I’m just going to have to try and do this myself! 🙂

  10. Melodie says:

    Yum! That looks like great applesauce. This recipe is going to make some rounds I think! Thanks for sharing at Vegetarian Foodie Fridays!

  11. Kirby says:

    I need to make this as much as my kiddos go thru applesauce! Thanks!

  12. cheerful says:

    the applesauce looks really yummy, i love that you put apple slices, it adds color! happy weekend! 🙂

  13. I had to chuckle at your apple peeling photo. That was me, until I bought one of the apple-corer-peeler gadgets at Bed Bath & Beyond (cost me $15 with a coupon). Now, in 10 seconds, I have a perfectly peeled, sliced and cored apple. I love it! Why didn’t I think of using my crockpot to make applesauce! Great idea!

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