One of our favorite family activities in the fall is picking apples at our neighbor’s house. She is generous enough to share the bounty with my family and with my parents. We all eagerly await for that phone call each September that tells us that the apples are ready! We just returned from our apple picking adventure with loads of delicious sweet, crisp, and tart apples. Though they are amazing to eat right out of the bucket, we also have a large amount to cook and bake. One of our favorite dishes to make is a homemade applesauce, right out of the crock pot, from Mommy Makes It Better. It is extremely easy, delicious, and it makes the house smell like fall.
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- 8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.) (I filled the crockpot, using about 20 small apples)
- 1 strip of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 inch cinnamon stick
- 5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) - or agave
- Peel, core and chop the apples.
- Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.
- Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.
- Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth, or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.
- Can and process as you would other recipes or keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.
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