I was planning on making potato pancakes this past weekend and I needed some applesauce. I’m not a big fan of regular store bought applesauce, but I really like the homemade versions of it. Why not right? I figure I’ll spend thirty minutes peeling and chopping some apples then just let my slow cooker do its thing. As an added bonus I’ll have a house that smells like I’ve been burning some cinnamon spice candle all night.
This Slow Cooker Applesauce is a super easy recipe that only took me thirty minutes of prep. Maybe that’s because I’m getting fast at peeling apples. I wanted to make a decent amount of applesauce so I would have some with the potato pancakes I was making the next morning and also because my wife was making pork chops the next week.
You can make applesauce with any kind of apple, but sweeter and softer apples will be the best ones to choose. Jonagold apples are a good choice and they looked really good at the store. Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Rome, and Gala are also really good choices for applesauce. A mix of two of those apples would also be interesting, but I just kept it simple by getting ten Jonagold apples.
I started by peeling, coring and chopping all ten of my apples, then placing them in my slow cooker. I wanted to keep the pieces pretty big so I would have chunks of apples when I was done. The pieces were about an inch in size.
On top of the apples I poured 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar. Then I sprinkled a teaspoon of cinnamon with a pinch of nutmeg. I stirred the mixture together, latched the lid on my slow cooker and set in on low with the timer set for eight hours.
The next morning as I expected my downstairs smelled delicious. I used a potato masher to break up the chunks of apples which were really soft by now. I have to admit the applesauce was just a little watery, but it really wasn’t a problem for me. If I wanted to fix that there are three things I could have done. I could have strained the applesauce to remove the water, I could have pureed it in a blender or I could have used a hand held blender to puree the applesauce. Even if I just removed a portion of it, blended it, then added it back to the applesauce it would have thickened up.
So why didn’t I blend the applesauce to make it thicker? In doing so I would have made the larger chunks of apple smaller and the smaller chunks more of a paste. I was going for homemade applesauce with chunks of apple rather than something that was so silky smooth that it looked like something out of a jar.
I wanted to add that if you make this and you want a sweeter applesauce you can add more sugar or even honey when it’s done. Additionally, you can add more spices if you’d like, it’s all up to you!
This is the slow cooker that I use and I really love it. This one is much nicer than the old ones with the glass lid and the mechanical switch. It has a six quart capacity with a programmable timer from 30 minutes to 20 hours so I can set it for high or low heat for a certain time, then it will operate in a mode where it will just keep the food warm. This is nice because when I was single I would worry about the food getting overcooked if I had to stay at work longer than I planned.
One thing I really like about this slow cooker is the lid which locks into place and has a gasket to seal the food inside. This is really nice if you’re making something to bring to a party so there’s no worrying about the lid coming off in the car and food spilling all over your trunk. That’s what sold me on this slow cooker.
Adapted from Cooks.com