I know that apples are almost past their prime, but I wanted to share one of my favorite easy apple recipes. I love the taste of homemade applesauce and I just love the simplicity of making it in a slow-cooker.
Other than peeling and dicing, this takes almost no effort and produces delicious applesauce. This is the most basic recipe. You can stir in a bit of cinnamon sugar, a pinch of ginger, some nutmeg, or even cardamom and vanilla to make it your own.
I used Golden Delicious apples for this recipe, though you can certainly use another variety if you like. I don’t usually choose apples that I use for pie. For pies, I tend to choose the apples that hold their structure well. I want the exact opposite for applesauce–something that turns, well, mushy when cooked.
I only used a potato masher for this applesauce and thought the texture was perfect, but if you prefer something more smooth, feel free to blitz it in a food processor or blender. Also, if you can’t eat it all in about a week, it freezes very well. Enjoy!
- 10-12 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1″ dice
- ¾-1c apple cider
- Place apples and ¾c cider in a slow-cooker. Cover, and cook 3½-4 hours on high. Mash with a potato masher. For smoother applesauce, pulse in a food processor or blender in batches until smooth. Add additional cider to thin out if necessary.