My grandma makes the best homemade applesauce. Warm and sweet, boy is it good, especially served on top of potato pancakes. I could eat myself sick and still want more.
Until this year I had never experimented with making my own applesauce. Why complicate things when I could purchase a jar of Mott’s for just a few dollars? The taste doesn’t compare, however. I was looking for a fun fall activity to complete with my students when it hit me… applesauce!
I hunted for an easy recipe (I was making it with fourth and fifth graders after all) when I came across one that cooks in the crock pot. Toss your ingredients in, set the temperature, and come back in a few hours. No fuss, it’s that simple. Did I mention it’s also delicious? Not only did my picky students gobble it up, my picky husband gobbled the leftovers and wanted more. I’d say that’s one for the recipe book.
- 12-15 large apples; peeled, cored, and sliced thin (I used Macintosh but any variety will work)
- 1/2 generous cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 cup water
Layer apples, sugar, and cinnamon in crock pot. Pour water over top. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. The apples break down pretty well on their own, a few stirs with a spoon is all that is needed to get the perfect consistency.
I hope you enjoy this easy recipe. Let me know if you give it a try!