Crockpot Apple Sauce
Crisscross apple sauce, my crockpot is a boss!
Perhaps that's not exactly how the saying goes, but hey! - different strokes for different folks.
Last weekend I took a trip to Kuipers Farm with my boyfriend and two of his friends. The weather was beautiful - hot! - but definitely no complaints here. We could not have asked for a better day! If you're looking for fun fall activities near Chicago, this farm would be the place to go [kudos to N&A for suggesting!]. The farm is ginormous - with a pumpkin patch on one side and an apple farm on the other.
We embarked on a corn maze adventure, fed animals at the petting zoo, and took a tracker ride to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the farm's pumpkin patch.
There was also a general store filled with farm fresh goodies... and pumpkin spice products X 1000. Woah. We ended up browsing the general store at the end of the day and picked up a few things to take home with us. While waiting in line to purchase our goodies, we tried samples of freshly made crockpot apple sauce. The recipe consisted of Kuipers fresh apples + Kuipers Apple Cider + cinnamon. So simps. So delicious.
I knew I had to make my own!
Unfortunately I did not buy any cider or apples on the trip to recreate the recipe [jeezy beezy], but this gave me the opportunity to experiment and create my own crockpot apple sauce concoction. 'Tis the season for a lil hocus pocus brewin' right?!
I used 4 different apple varieties - honeycrisp, gala, fuji and granny smith. I also picked up martinelli's apple cider, a lemon and cinnamon sticks. At home I had pumpkin spice [3 jars, because you always need to be prepared, ha] and honey. My brother's girlfriend's uncle [phew!] is a beekeeper in Madison, WI. He makes honey [Borkart's Bees] and it's BOMB. I use it in my smoothies all the time, and I knew it'd add the perfect lil bit of sweetness to this applesauce.
Ingredients [lol, this made enough apple sauce fit for an ARMY! My crockpot is large. So... go big or go home. You can half the ingredients as well!]
- 8-10 apples
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- shimmy shake of pumpkin spice
- drizzle of honey
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Peel and chop apples into large chunks; add to crockpot
- Add apple cider, lemon, and pumpkin spice; toss/stir
- Top apple mixture with cinnamon sticks and a drizzle of honey
- Cover with crockpot lid and cook on low for 4 hours
- Once apples are cooked, remove cinnamon sticks, and stir [the large apple chunks will break down into apple sauce consistency]
...Your house will also smell like a cinnamon wonderland. You're welcome :)
eek, BEEZY, that's delicious!
The apple sauce has a nice sweet and tart taste. Yum, it's delicious enough to eat on it's own. Or, if you like a little crunch, you can add some granola for quick snack. I'm also thinking this could be a nice compliment to pork chops for dinner. Much more experimenting to come!
Also, this was my pumpkin patch partner in crime. I call this Halloween boo things :)