I get these requests infrequently enough to not pay much attention. And when the whining becomes insistent, it's easier to buy a tub or two of snack-sized applesauce to curb cravings. And yet, it is one of the easiest things to put together, especially in a slow cooker. Today, after a week of procrastinating, I finally decided to listen to baby P's cravings for applesauce. Not only that, I also decided that instead of buying; I will make it for her at home. Finally, more than anything else, I decided to kick off the 6-month long inertia, and write again....
Slow cooker Applesauce
6 medium-sized apples: I used Mackintosh
1/3 cup of orange juice (optional)
1Tbsp lemon juice
A dash of cinnamon.
3Tbsp brown sugar
- Peel, core and cut the apples into 1 inch cubes.
- combine everything in a slow cooker. Cook on High for 4h, stirring once or twice in between.
- Cool and blend to a smooth puree.
My two cents: That's it. You have a cup of a applesauce for school. Adding sugar was a last minute decision- for some reason, I felt that my apples were a bit tart. You could definitely adjust that to taste. Similarly, after cooking, the apples were soft enough to be mashed with the back of a spoon, if you don't mind a bit of chunkiness.
And the best thing- the smell of cinnamon and apples creates a lovely, warmth to come home to after being out in the cold all day