Foodening Friday – October 24, 2014

Sweet Cinnamon Applesauce
Delicious and makes the house smell divine while it’s cooking!

Sweet Cinnamon Applesauce

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Total time: 4 Hours, 40 minutes
Fills 2-3 canning jars

8 – 12 Apples, any type!,
1 cup Water,
1/2 a Lemon,
1 teaspoon Cinnamon.

Combine the water and lemon juice in the crockpot.
Core, peel and slice the apples, then mix into the lemon water. Peeling the apples are optional – if you leave them on, it will add colour and texture!.
Add the cinnamon, and mix until the apples are well covered.
Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stir once an hour.
When cooking is finished, mash or puree for a smoother blend..

I have a relatively bad habit of buying a bag of apples and then forgetting to eat them. Thankfully, you can always find excellent uses for them on Pinterest!

Oct 24_1

Now, why I never thought of making my own applesauce, I have no clue. I absolutely loved it as a child; if I wasn’t eating it on its own, I smothered almost everything with it, even mixing it with plain spaghetti! Yeah, I was a strange child.

Haven’t really changed much, now that I reflect.

I found myself with a large bag of apples this weekend and a craving for something sweet to enjoy. I also wanted to start using my crockpot again, and low, I had the brilliant remembrance of seeing a recipe for Crockpot Applesauce. I decided I wanted to add a little kick to it, so borrowed a suggestion from a second pinner and added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the above recipe.

Oct 24_2 Also, I don’t care HOW amazing you are in the kitchen, you CANNOT peel 8-12 apples in 10 minutes if you are doing it by hand, solo. So MY version of the recipe (as above) includes the ACTUAL amount of prep time it took. Because when I’m looking for a recipe, I kinda NEED A REAL ESTIMATION. So there’s that. Knife cuts are also not super important since it’s being cooked down to pulp and then mashed, but it will reduce more quickly if the slices are thinner. Cut accordingly.

Oct 24_3I figured once everything was into the pot it would be annoying to come back every hour just to stir stuff around, but total cook time is 4 hours and you can get anything else done you might need to during that time (laundry, cleaning, blogging….) so it was super simple to set a timer and come stir once or twice around the pot, scrape the sides, etc.

Oct 24_4 Once the final timer went off, I snagged my Potato Masher and went to town by hand. I haven’t yet pulled the trigger on getting a food processor so I couldn’t get it perfectly smooth.

It makes absolutely no difference – the apples are cooked so perfectly that they all but melt in your mouth, so you don’t really “chew” through this perfection. It’s amazing on its own, both warm up or straight from the fridge and can be used as fruit compote on toast (though it’s a little liquid to be spread too thickly). It is AMAZING over a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. I’m certainly not going to take bets on how long this stuff is going to last, more likely I’ll need to remind myself that I need to eat solid food once and a while!

Oct 24_5