Want a real treat that the kids (and adults alike) will love and will leave your house smelling delicious? Try making your own homemade cinnamon applesauce. And as an added bonus it’s all done in the crockpot. Easy peasy. In fact, the hardest part of this recipe is peeling and coring the apples, which is not in and of itself hard at all.. just slightly time consuming. So pull up a chair, put on a good show, and get to peeling because the pay-off will be well worth it.
The ingredients are simple and few. Just apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon. And in the crock pot a little will go a long way, so there is no need to over-season or over-sweeten. It’s the perfect after dinner dessert that your kids will look forward to, but you won’t have to feel guilty about serving.
In this particular recipe, my son asked for the applesauce to stay chunky, but I typically like to use a hand blender to get the applesauce as smooth as possible. I prefer to serve it warm from the crockpot, so it really feels as though you are eating a rich decadent warm apple pie.
- 5 lbs apples cored, peeled and diced. (use whatever is freshest or looks best, in this recipe I used Mcintosh)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice + small lemon peel
- Throw diced apples into a crockpot set on low.
- Top with cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice, and lemon peel and stir gently with a wooden spoon.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours.
- If serving chunky, use a wooden spoon to break up and mix the applesauce. Otherwise, use a hand blender and blend until desired consistency is reached.
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