Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Super scrummy spiced applesauce

About a hundred apples down, a few more hundred to go! The first apple project of the season was a success! I made spiced applesauce in the crock pots and it turned out wonderfully! I don't usually like applesauce because of the texture (mush, gross) and it also tends to be too sweet for me, but this is a chunky applesauce and it's more of an apple pie taste with the spices. Also, it was a lot easier than standing at the stove for hours!
Of course, first there's a lot of peeling, slicing, and coring. I started out using this apple slicer thing, but it really was a lot faster to just cut with the knife. I scaled down the recipe for this post because I realize not everyone will want a freezer full of applesauce. So, we'll start with 8 apples for the sake of this recipe and you can always double it (or quadruple it or whatever you need). 

Peel and core your apples and cut into chunks.
          You may want to put the cut pieces into a bowl of water with a little apple cider vinegar to keep them from turning brown while you cut up the rest, though when you add the spices it will all look brown anyway.
Mix together in a crock pot: the apples, 1/2 cup of water , 1/2 cup of sugar (more if you have very sour apples or just like a sweeter taste), 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon sweet nutmeg. 

Cook on high for 4 hours. It's great warm, or you can refrigerate or freeze it.

Oh, and it makes the house smell really good too!

Tomorrow, apple butter!

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