A couple of weeks ago, the boyfriend and I took a trip to a local orchard – it’s been a tradition since we started dating, and this was our third year going! I love this particular orchard because they have so much going on: a pumpkin patch, a veggie patch, and apple picking. Taking the drive out to the orchard is always one of my favorite days of the year, and I ALWAYS stock up!
One of the best parts about heading to the orchard is the promise of fresh apple and pumpkin pies when we get home! The boyfriend and I got our boxes and our apple picker ready, and headed out to stock up on Red and Golden Delicious apples for baking.
We wound up getting SO MANY apples that I had to come up with something new to do with them. My first thought? Applesauce! I have fond memories of my mom making applesauce from the fruit that we picked from the trees in the backyard, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. After a bit of searching, I found a great recipe for how to make crock pot applesauce and I used it as my guide. I decided against the added sugar, and went with a different type of apples and seasoning. The finished product turned out to be delicious and healthy!
- 7 large apples (I used a mixture of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious)
- ¾ cup water
- ½ TB cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Wash, peel, and core all of your apples
- Chop each apple into small, bite-sized pieces and put them into a large crock pot
- Combine water, vanilla and the rest of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then pour over the apples, stirring them until coated
- Cover crock pot and cook on low until soft (somewhere between 3 and 4 hours)
- Use a masher to break apart the apple pieces. For a smoother texture, use a blender.
- Serve cold or hot
This applesauce keeps well in the refrigerator, and the original recipe says that you can even freeze it. It makes an awesome midday snack between classes! I will definitely be making this again – I plan to experiment with the “seasonings” next time, too!
What is your favorite spice to use in applesauce? Share your favorites in the comments below!