criss, cross…crockpot applesauce

It’s been over two weeks since we visited the apple orchard.  I’ve been baking with the apples and the girls have been snacking on those apples, but we still have some left.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

Not many left, but an odd assortment of varieties…and mostly small in size.  I decided to make one of my favorite recipes in order to use the rest of the apples.  I love this recipe for two reasons…the taste of the applesauce and the fragrant smell of apples and cinnamon that fills the house while it’s cooking.

So simple to make…

  1.  Peel and cut the apples into thin slices.  You will need 8 cups of sliced apples.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

2.  Put the apples in the crockpot.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

3.  Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of water.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

4.  Stir it all together until the apples are covered with the cinnamon.  Then cover and cook on high for 4 hours.  Be sure to enjoy that smell I mentioned earlier!

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

5.  After the apples are finished baking, use a potato masher to blend it all together.  The apples are so soft and mushy that it is fairly easy to get the consistency you want without a lot of mashing.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

Finally (and this is the difficult part), let it cool before eating.

criss, cross...crockpot applesauce | polka dots and picket fences

So maybe it didn’t need to cool ALL the way…warm applesauce can be yummy, too!  Whatever temperature you choose, enjoy!

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