I went with the first graders to the apple orchard last week and we got to pick our own apples!
Of course, I bought some apples, too. And some Apple Hand Pies. And some Apple Doughnuts.
Apples are good for you, you know.
Since I was so excited about the arrival of fall and all the autumnal delights that go with it, I decided to make some applesauce. My slow cooker is perhaps my favorite kitchen appliance. My husband got me this stainless steel beauty for Christmas one year. I still love him for it. I love how you can make dinner in the morning and feel good about it all day. It's a multi-tasker's dream.
For the applesauce, peel and cube 3 pounds of apples (about 8). Use firm, slightly tart apples.
I used a combination of Granny Smith and Rome Beauty.
Add the cinnamon, brown sugar and lemon and stir.
Cook for four hours on high.
Mash the apples with a fork or spoon, leaving a few chunks.
The best part is that it fills your house all day with the delicious aroma of apple pie!
Slow Cooker Applesauce
3 pound apples, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup brown sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 - 8 hours.
When the apples are tender, mash with a spoon or fork.
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