I am blessed to have an apple tree that produced a ton of apples this year. But finding ways to use all those apples can be a challenge. The beauty of making homemade applesauce and also apple butter (as you’ll see later this week) is that a lot of apples are needed. I feel so much less guilty now that I’ve put a majority of the apples to good use. The best part about both of the recipes to be featured is they use your slow cooker to produce a wonderful aroma for your house and an absolutely delightful end result.
This spiced applesauce is almost a treat in of itself. It tasted fabulous warm as it was finally done just after we finished a family hike on a nature trail. Nothing beats coming home to warm homemade spiced applesauce. It also is a perfect treat cold. I love that it is a step a part of my usual applesauce which can get a bit tart. This on the other hand is like eating apple pie without the crust and guilt. Enjoy!
12 cups baking apples, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice (optional)
Place thinly sliced baking apples in crock pot and pour water over apples.
Cook another 30 minutes to an hour on low. If you find the applesauce chunkier than you like you can use a silicone wisk or potato masher to break it down further. (Do not use metal or you will scratch the bottom of your crock pot.)