Anyhow, I was reading this great post at Cookin' Canuck about their families home made applesauce and thought about the three bags of apples I had in the fridge. This was a slow cooker applesauce recipe. What happened next you might not believe, it's going to sound like a lie but I promise it is not. My part time daughter Erika (she live with me when she was a teen thus the title) stopped by to give me a new crock pot! See she had borrowed mine some time ago and hadn't returned it. Her reasoning, "Kathy that thing is ancient and a hazard so I decided I would return it along with a new one too! Look, the new one has the removable pot and it's red!" Don't you just love it when life exposes the fruits of parental labor!
Oh gosh enough babbling, on with the applesauce! I made the first batch in the new red crock pot. (I used what I had which was half red delicious and half green granny smith apples)
The Family Crock pot Applesauce Recipe by Cookin' Canuck
5 medium-sized Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
5 medium-sized Golden Yellow Delicious apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup water or apple juice
Place all of the apple pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar and ground cinnamon. Pour water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crock pot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture. Cover, turn the crock pot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours (or on High for 5 hours), stirring occasionally.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Makes approximately 4 cups of applesauce.
I set my NEW cooker on high, I just couldn't wait the eight hours. Red and I ate the entire bowl that night. Oh my, this applesauce was so fabulous, we are both addicted. Red shot this photo for me before we dug in. I think he knew it would be gone right quick after experiencing that wonderful aroma all afternoon.
I made another batch a few days later. This addiction produced a level of impatience that forced a stove top method. This time I used 4 pears, 6 apples, and a half cup raisins. I increased the liquid to 1/2 cup and followed the same mixing instructions. Cooked this on low for about an hour total, adding the raisins at about 30 minutes. I gently mashed the fruit with a fork and served it warm. Oh wow this was really good too!
I'm wondering how many times I'll have to make home made applesauce before we're cured of this addiction!