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Crock Pot Applesauce

by Jamie on October 23, 2013

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A delicious blend of Honeycrisp apples, apple pie spice and brown sugar are combined to create Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce.

Eric has an odd applesauce eating habit – he drinks, or shall I say slurps it out of the little plastic cups. Weird, right? I even went as far as purchasing the little applesauce pouches that you basically drink, but they just weren’t the same. In his defense, the reasoning behind the slurp is quite simple – why dirty a spoon? Um, because that’s the unwritten applesauce consumption rule.

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In an effort to use up the overabundance of Honeycrisp apples that has taken over our refrigerator, I decided to literally toss a few items into the Crock Pot and make Homemade Crock-Pot Applesauce.

The result was the most delicious applesauce that we’ve ever tasted. Not too sweet, enthusiastically spiced, with just the right amount of texture. And yes, he totally drank it out of the little white serving dishes.

Bust out your Crock-Pots, folks – this Crock-Pot Applesauce couldn’t be easier or more delicious. And it’s the perfect way to use up freshly picked apples from the orchard! Serve it slightly warm with a dollop of whipped cream, spooned over vanilla ice cream, drizzled over pancakes, or straight from the fridge.

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Crockpot Applesauce

October 23rd, 2013

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

3 pounds Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into thick slices (about 12 medium apples)

1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar

1 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in the Crock Pot and cook on high for 5 hours.

2. If you prefer a slightly chunky applesauce as pictured - simply stir and mash the apples with a large spoon. If you prefer smooth applesauce, transfer the cooled applesauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Store applesauce in an airtight container within the refrigerator or freeze for up to 6 months.

Notes:

- The amount of sugar you use will depend on the type of apples you use. I recommend tasting the applesauce about an hour before it's done and adjusting the spices and sugar to meet your taste. My apples were quite sweet, so 1/3 cup was perfect.

- I am not a canner, so I have not attempted to can this recipe. Plus, it was gone in 2 days!


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan October 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

I would just like to lend my support to Eric on this. I haven’t had applesauce in one of those little plastic cups for a few decades now but when I used to bring them to school as part of my lunch I would peel the foil back just a bit and puncture a vent hole on the other side in order to suck the appley goodness out.

Bravo Eric, bravo.

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angela@spinachtiger October 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I love applesauce this time of year, especially with pork and it looks so good. Honey Crisp apples are wonderful.

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rayelle October 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

we are going to apple hill today with the grandson. can’t wait to try this!!!! you might want to correct your spelling of applesauce too!!!! lol!!!!

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Rebecca October 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love applesauce, but have to admit that I have never made it by myself so far… Have to try it once :)

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Ali October 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi, how big of a Crockpot did you use for this recipe? Thanks!

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Jamie January 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Hi Ali, I used a 4 qt crockpot.
– Jamie

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Erin @ The Emerging Foodie October 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Oh my gosh. This looks absolutely delicious. I totally believe it’s the best you’ve ever tasted! Mmm. And your photos are equally as wonderful!

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Ashley M. November 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I love homemade fresh apple sauce! There is nothng better! I love the golden color of this recipe! So yummy!

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Katja Beh-Forrest November 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

Jamie,
I’m making this today to mix with some roasted squash I made last week. I freeze purees into ice cube trays for my daughter (did for my older one, too); this recipe makes me happy so i don’t have to babysit applesauce on the stove! Thanks for your never-ending supply of inspiration and recipes!

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Jamie November 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Katja-

Yum, that sounds delicious! Thank you so much for following MBA and have a fantastic day!

-Jamie

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Cheryl November 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I’m so excited to try and make applesauce for the very first time!! I want to can my and keep in my cabinet but I don’t know how. Could you give me instructions on how to can?
Thank you very much.

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Jamie January 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Cheryl, I’m sorry, but I’m not a canner. I can’t help you there. It would be best to ask a professional canner.
– Jamie

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Nancy Long August 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

will have to try this one, though I have good luck with a simple recipe of apples, a little water, sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 20 min. and I mash with a potato masher. They also freeze well. I like to use a mix of apples – usually Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.

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Jamie August 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

I hope you get a chance to try it. Thanks for stopping by.

-Jamie

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Tina September 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Can you cook it on low instead of high? I was going to have it cooking while I was at work?
Thanks!

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Jamie September 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

Tina-
Yes, that works well too! You’ll just have to cook it a bit longer.
-Jamie

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Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! September 29, 2014 at 11:23 am

I made this yesterday, and it was AWESOME! Not sure if I’ll ever make applesauce any other way from now on :) I made it with more apples (closer to 4 lbs.) and still used just the 1/3 cup of brown sugar, which was perfect. I also added a small amount (maybe 1/4 cup) of apple cider. Awesome recipe – thank you!

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Jamie September 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I’m so glad the recipe was a success for you. Thanks for visiting!

-Jamie

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Sheila October 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

eric is not weird. I drink my applesauce too.

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Jamie October 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

Sheila-
Thanks for visiting.

-Jamie

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Gregory October 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

Just those three ingredients no water?

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Jamie October 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

Gregory-
No water is necessary. I hope this helps.

-Jamie

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Julie A. Shearer October 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

This looks Amazing!! I made Several Apple Pies last week and was looking for recipes for apples and found this site. I’m so happy I did, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have quite a few left over apples from Apple picking.
Thanks, Julie

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Jamie October 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

Julie-
Thanks for visiting!

-Jamie

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