Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We love to go apple picking. We've gone the last few years but our favorite orchard was hit by hail and weren't open for picking this year. So this year we didn't go. I've been picking up apples on sale like crazy.
I've made a few batches of applesauce this year in the slow cooker. My kids for the most part are purists and just like apples with a bit of sugar and cinnamon.
Me? I like it a bit different.
I put Red Hots in there as a sweetener and it worked really well. The apples I had were really tart so I ended up adding a bit of sugar. I don't like it overly sweet but not too tart either.
The flavors worked well with this.
If you only have a small crockpot, I recommend you halve the recipe. I have a 6 or 7 qt. crock pot so it fit the whole 5 lb. bag of apples fine.
Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe
5 lbs. bag of apples, peeled and cut into chunks
6 tbsp. red hots
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. water or apple cider
2 tbsp. sugar (more or less depending on taste)
Combine everything in a crock pot (use a big one) and cook 4 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low until apples have softened and candy has dissolved. Mash slightly, leaving chunks and serve.
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