I had several apples that needed to be used and after making and having such success with the Apple Butter last year, (which is something I find myself cooking every month now) I decided to try making applesauce....in the CrockPot! Yummo! A few weeks ago I ran across a delicious looking applesauce recipe posted by Gina's Skinny Recipes, so after tweaking it a bit and making a batch of this sauce, I don't think I will ever buy applesauce from the store again. My kids are in love with it and I love the fact that I made it for them. Plus, you home is filled with very delightful aromas for the six hours that the apples are cooking. Awww...I love apples!
You will need:
8 medium apples
1 strip of orange peel (a vegetable peeler is the easiest way to do this)
2 tsp of fresh squeezed orange juice
3 inch cinnamon stick
6 tsp light brown sugar
Making the Applesauce:
1. Peel, core and slice the apples.
2. Place the apples in the slow cooker. Add the orange peel, cinnamon stick and brown sugar.
3. Turn the CrockPot setting to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir the apples occasionally. After the apples have finished cooking, remove the cinnamon stick and orange peel and use a food processor to blend until smooth.
4. Let cool completely, place in a jar or air tight container and keep in the refrigerator.
Makes 3 cups.