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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crock Pot Apple Sauce

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I love homemade apple sauce. Well, I love my Mom's homemade apple sauce. I'm not sure how she makes it, but it just comes out so smooth, with the right amount of sweetness. You knew it was a special dinner, when Mom made apple sauce, to go with our pork chops. Now a days, we eat apple sauce more often. I often top my pancakes or waffles with it. Or, I like to top some apple sauce with nice crunchy granola. So, when we came home with tons of apples, from the orchard, I knew I wanted to make some apple sauce, to have on hand, whenever we'd like it.

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I decided to let the crock pot do all the work with this one. That way I didn't have to babysit the sauce all day. I based the apple sauce on one of my favourite apple pie recipe. I recently started adding vanilla to my apple pie filling and I've just fallen in love. Since my apples were on the tart side, I did have to add quite a bit of sugar; but I will include a base amount of sugar and feel free to add as little, or as much as you'd like. This smooth apple sauce just reminds me of my Mom's and those special Sunday night dinners.

Crock Pot Apple Sauce
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12 large apples, skinned ,cored, and cut in quarters 
3 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp vanilla 

1/4 C brown sugar 
1/4 cup water

Place apples in a 6 quart crock pot. Add in lemon juice, water, sugar and spices; stir to coat apple the apples. Cook on low for 6 hours. After 4 hrs of cooking, mash the apples and continue to cook for remainder of cooking time. While hot, place into sterilized jars; leaving 1/2 in head space. Screw on lids and process in hot water for 5 minutes. 


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This post linked to

Made it on Monday
Hearth and Soul
These Chicks Cooked
Turning the Table Thursday
Full Plate Thursday
Friday Potluck 
Slow Cooker Sunday

8 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

This really looks delicious. I use to make homemade applesauce when my kids were younger. Now, only my son and I love it so we just eat it from a jar. Yes, I know, the horrors. But seeing these pictures is getting me to think about making some homemade!!! Thanks!

Mrs. Me&U said...

Oh my! I am so excited for this. My kids and husband love applesauce. They eat it for lunch almost everyday. I've been trying to find a good recipe so I can control what is in it. I can't wait to try this!

ButterYum said...

I love the idea of adding vanilla... hope I remember that next time.

:)
ButterYum

Swathi said...

Love this, I am looking for homemade easy apple sauce, this recipe is perfect. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

Miz Helen said...

We just love the homemade Applesauce, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Joy said...

Crock Pot Applesauce is such a fabulous idea! And the recipe you use really does sound delicious- apple pie in a jar! I love the canning part, too. Thanks! :)
~Joy from Yesterfood

Mediocre Mum said...

Thank you so much for the recipe! Going to try this soon and have the perfect jars for it. :-)

Crystal Burns said...

Love this recipe, I'm making it now.. only change is water bath processing time is 20mins not 5mins..