So the other day when I came across a revolutionary idea, that is, to make apple sauce in the crock pot, I thought why not? Let's give it a try. Not only that, we had received a rather large gift box at Christmas that was filled with various kinds of apples. I was looking for a way to use them up.
Usually I just go to the grocery store, find the canned fruit aisle, and purchase it ready made. Once in a great while I make a recipe my mother gave me for stewed apples, made in a pot on the stove. That recipe makes a very tasty sauce, but it requires stirring about every ten minutes or so.
Most crock pot recipes require very little tending or stirring, and this recipe was easy. For your culinary pleasure then, here it is:
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Here is the mix ready to cook. My recipe said to cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or cook on high for 4 to 5 hours. Use your judgment based on your own crock pot. My crock pot is very large, and it seems to cook every recipe in less time than recommended. I cooked my applesauce for about 5 hours on low.
After about two hours, a heavenly aroma permeated the house, and I have made a mental note that this recipe must be made on a regular basis in our fifth wheel. How wonderful would it be to come back to the camper after a day of sightseeing to that delicious smell?
I stirred the batch about once every hour, mostly because I was impatient and just wanted to stick my nose in there. You will be able to see when the sauce looks done. Just take a potato masher or some such tool and smash the remaining chunks up a bit. I just used a whisk - the apples were that tender.
|Ready to serve|
I served this batch of applesauce as a side dish along with Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. If you'd like that recipe, you can find it in this post from the other evening.