This is truly what a part of my heart looks like for my children. I love them for so many reasons and my cooking is one of the ways I show my love for them. I do think there is a big difference between showing love through time spent in the kitchen and showing love through simply food. This applesauce is a perfect example.
The other day, we visited our local farmer’s market, and my children literally did a happy dance as we were buying local apples, knowing I was going to come home and make my crock pot applesauce for them, as I have done each year since my oldest was about 2 years old. Believe me, other than my family, there is no one else I’d spend that kind of time preparing so many apples for such a small yield. They inhale it! But it’s a wholesome, healthy treat that is creating a powerful memory for them. So I’ll keep peeling and chopping away…
- 24 apples (enough to fill Crock Pot almost to the top)
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/4 - 1/2 c. sugar (depending on natural sweetness of the types of apples you are using)
- 1/4 - 1/2 t. cinnamon (a little goes a long way)
- Core, peel and chop your apples. Pieces should be about the size of a small egg. Place the apples, water, sugar and cinnamon in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, stirring occasionally. The apples will be soft enough to break with a spoon, and the mixture will reduce by close to half. Let the applesauce cool in crock pot insert on the counter for a couple of hours. Then transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate.
- Ask your local farmer which types of apples they recommend for the best applesauce, but these are the varieties I've used in the past...