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Homemade Crock-Pot Applesauce

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With Fall in full swing, apples and pumpkins are everywhere.

My heart belongs to apples.  Apples of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Anything made with apples like apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider, anything with apples.

The grocery stores seem to have them constantly on sale right now, and if you’ve been apple picking (see local apple pick your own produce post) recently you probably have massive amounts of apples lying around, just waiting to be made into something delicious! Oh, you don’t have 10 bags of apples just hanging around? Well, go grab some then, because you will totally want to make this recipe!

I have been making my own applesauce for years. I used to make it every year with the students in my class and now I make it with my own kids. This recipe is easy, like ridiculously easy, and a great way to use up some of those apples you have lying around and I promise you nothing beats the taste of homemade!

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Crock Pot Applesauce
Easy and delicious homemade Crock Pot Applesauce
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Ingredients
  1. 10-12 medium apples (any variety)
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
  4. 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and slice your apples.
  2. Dump the apple slices into a 6 quart crock pot or slow cooker.
  3. Add water.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  5. Using a potato masher (or the back of a large spoon) mash the apples until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Stir in sugar and/or cinnamon.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you prefer your apples sauce sweeter, or if you used a lot of Granny Smith apples, you may want to add some or all of the 1/4 cup brown sugar. Totally up to you.
  2. This applesauce is pretty much fool proof. Any variety of apples work. In fact, my favorite batches have come from when I have mixed a bunch of different varieties together.
  3. Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious are all wonderful and yield a sweet sauce even without added sugar. Granny Smith's will add a little tart (but you can always add the sugar).
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See, I told you, ridiculously easy and because it’s done in the crock pot, you can set it and forget it. However, if you do not have a crock pot, you can absolutely make this same recipe on the stove in a large pot on low/medium heat. Just keep an eye on it, and you will want to stir the apples a few times while they are cooking. When the apples are soft enough that they mash with no effort, they are ready.

Also, for a fun variation:

When you add in the apples, add in about 1/4 cup of Red Hots candies. The little red ones. When you go to mash up the apples, you will have pink applesauce! It also give the applesauce the cinnamon flavor, so don’t add any extra cinnamon. I like to make two batches. One the regular way and one with the Red Hots. I add them in when the kids aren’t looking though, and then when they see pink applesauce it’s like magic. Hey, it’s the little things!

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