I was inspired by my Foodie Penpals' box from Amy, of A Couple in the Kitchen. The cinnamon sticks she sent smelled divine and were begging to be paired with apples. I wanted something easy, not too sweet, and in the healthier side. Hello, crockpot applesauce!
I googled several different recipes (like this, this, and this). Since I intended to make this for my first graders, I wanted a recipe low in sugar and no cinnamon. In the end I threw Fuji, Gala, golden delicious, Granny Smith, and Cameo apples in the crockpot and cooked them in apple juice. I had a lonely half of a lime squeezed, to put apple pieces in to prevent browning. But then wouldn't you know it - I knocked it over in the sink and it was gone.
That's when I remembered my mom using salt water to prevent oxidation. Moms are the best, especially when she's right!
12-16 apples (use several varieties of apples), peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
3/4 c apple juice
- Pour apple juice into the crockpot. Place peeled and cored apple chunks into crockpot.
- Cook on high for - at least 3.5 hours, or until apples are soft.
- Drain and reserve extra liquid.
- Mash with apples with potato masher, or blend for smoother texture. Add reserved liquid to desired consistency.
Update: The applesauce seemed to get sweeter overnight. I think next time I'll try plain water instead of apple juice.