This applesauce is simple and sweet. It can be enjoyed all by itself or used in a variety of ways from baking to delicious finishing sauces.
Every month Kim and I try new recipes as part of a recipe swap group on a social media site. It has been such an amazing experience for a multitude of reasons. For starters, it helps us connect with other food bloggers. Additionally, we get to browse other food blogs and see all the different flavors and recipes from bloggers all over the world. The best part about the swap group is that it’s kind of like shopping for a new treat! We get to pick out something new and exciting every month to try and recreate.
This month, we had the pleasure of being introduced to Aileen Cooks. This blogger specializes in family friendly meals. After looking through her website and perusing the recipes, we decided to make her Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce. It just looked so tasty and simple to make that we had to try it. We are so glad we selected this dish because applesauce not only tastes great, also, it has so many uses in the kitchen.
It can be used as a sugar substitute in baking; as well as, in finishing sauces for chicken or pork. The perfect mix of apple and cinnamon makes this recipe delicious and versatile. The sweetness is tempered by the tartness of the apples. While, the cinnamon tingles your taste buds and leaves you with feeling warm. There really isn’t anything negative you can say about a great applesauce recipe and Aileen’s applesauce is amazing!
One of the great things about applesauce is the simplicity of the sauce. Making it is easy and when using a crockpot, you can toss everything in and kick back and relax. The smells will fill your home while it cooks. The first thing to do is get your crockpot ready. After that, you will peel, core, and dice your apples on a cutting board. Knife skills aren’t really a factor because you are going to mash up the apples once they have cooked. After the apples are diced, toss them into a bowl.
The next step is to add the lemon juice to apples. I used my hands to mix everything up to ensure the apples were completely coated. This usually keeps the apples from turning brown and adds a nice fresh citrus kick to the dish’s flavor profile. After that, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the apples. I went ahead and tossed the apples again, just make sure they were evenly coated with the spices.
Lastly, add the apple mixture and the water to the crockpot. Then plug in the crockpot and set it to low heat. Cover and cook the apples for 4 hours on low. When the apples have cooked down, then use a potato masher to mash up the apples until they have the texture of applesauce. You can serve it over a cut of pork while it’s still warm or let it cool and enjoy it with a spoon. The sauce will hold in the fridge for 3 to 4 days if sealed in a container.
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