Nothing creates a cozy, warm atmosphere during the cold winter days more than the smell of apples and cinnamon. One of my favorite cold weather dishes is warm crockpot applesauce. The first time I made it about 10 years ago, I fell in love and now I make it every year.
Crockpot applesauce makes the whole house smell delicious all day long, and the reward for a long day of waiting is a steaming bowl of sauce by itself or served over vanilla ice cream. I like to make this applesauce for a large group of guests or just for myself (then I freeze it in serving sizes I can enjoy later). It's also refreshing when served cold in the hot, summer months.
Enjoy this special dish throughout the winter or whenever you want a treat to warm you from the inside out!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 6-8 hours
- 14 -15 medium size saucing apples
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (or the juice of 2 lemons)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- Peel and core apples. Then chop them up into 1/2 inch chunks and put into a 6-quart crockpot.
- Add sugar, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and allspice. You don't need to stir it up at this point.
- Put the lid on, set the crockpot to low and allow to cook for 6-8 hours.
- Enjoy the warm smells coming from your crockpot, but don't lift the lid until the time is up.
- If you like your applesauce chunky, use a potato masher to mash and stir the cooked apples. If you prefer it smooth, feel free to use an immersion blender.
- Serve warm or cold!
This crockpot means what it says - stay or go. I love that i can travel with it or use it just as easily at home. It's a great size for feeding a group and for making a big meal for my household with leftovers to spare. Works great with warm, low and high settings. I highly recommend this crockpot!
Okay, I don't have one of these, but I wish I did! It takes me about 45 minutes to peel, core and chop my apples for this recipe. I'm probably extra slow at it. But with this, I could be extra fast. Handy, quick, and easy to clean up, this is a great tool that several of my food preserving friends have recommended to me.
This potato masher has the perfect size holes for the consistency of applesauce I like. It's mostly smooth with just the right amount of chunkiness, which is also the way I like my mashed potatoes.
Add Some Extra Flavor
For a fun treat, try adding a complementary flavor. Sometimes instead of cinnamon, I like to add a cup of fresh, chopped peaches. Blueberries, pears, strawberries, and other fruits really enhance the flavor of the applesauce and bring the harvest to life.
Wouldn't you love a crockpot of applesauce cooking away at your next holiday (or other) gathering?