‘Serious’ apple crockpot treat

Here we go again with the apple recipes. Sorry, not sorry, friends.

It’s just that time of year for picking and making! As I mentioned last week, a family friend invited us over to pick from their trees, and we brought home a decent amount of apples.

I have tried many apple recipes in the past, but one that hadn’t turned out so great was applesauce.

It had been a long time since I had tried it, and I was anxious to give it another go.

Applesauce is one of those things that we definitely eat with small kids around, it’s one of those lunchbox staple items.

Keep in mind, applesauce makes a fantastic low-fat substitute for oil, as well. It’s a great thing to have on hand for cakes, pancakes, muffins and other baked goods.

Although I have always liked applesauce, I really had no idea whatsoever what I was about to get myself into.

This recipe is a serious treat.

I would almost put it into the dessert category, because it is just that good.

This one tastes like the wonderful inside of a homemade apple pie. Nothing like store bought applesauce, or canned apple pie filling.

The best part?

It is so incredibly easy that I was almost positive I was headed for a kitchen disaster.

Have you ever read directions and then thought to yourself, “No, they’re kidding …” because that is exactly what went through my head.

The decision to make this was partly experimental. That little bit of curiosity that creeps up to check out if something is really what it claims to be.

Well, this one here’s the real deal.

Clearly I wouldn’t bother to share it here if I didn’t think so, but just letting you know, it’s delicious.

If you’re like me and you need to just try it out of your own accord, then by all means do so.

I could probably find things to say about this applesauce and this wonderful fall season all day, but then I would never get around to sharing the actual recipe.

Without any further delay, here it is.

As always, thanks for reading! Happy fall from hbk!

Crockpot Applesauce

12-15 Apples, peeled

¢ C Granulated sugar

¢ tsp. Ground cinnamon

1- 2 Tbsp. Brown sugar, packed

¢ C. water

1. Prepare crockpot. You can use a liner or a nonstick spray if you’ll be cooking for a bit longer, but at 4 hours, I didn’t need to.

2. Peel apples and cut into quarters. If you are using big apples like Cortlands, you will only need 12. Smaller apples will require about 15 total.

You do not have to slice them, the crockpot will do most of the work for you!

3. Toss apples, along with the sugars, cinnamon and water into the crockpot and stir. You can absolutely cut down to about ™ cup of granulated sugar if that’s too sweet for you. I did not use the full ¢ cup the second time I made this and it still turned out perfectly.

4. Place lid on crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours. After the 4 hours, stir around a few times and the apples will turn into the perfect consistency.

Serve warm or refrigerate and enjoy! Makes about 6-8 ¢ cup servings.

Katy Wise is a Fredonia resident.