Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is our family's favorite applesauce. I found the recipe over 20 years ago when I was looking for something to make in the crock pot that I received as a wedding gift.
- 4 lbs tart apples, cored and sliced thin
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Mix apples (about 12 cups) with cinnamon and sugar and put into crock pot.
- Pour water and lemon juice over apples. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I love this recipe and have made it a couple of times since discovering it! You can use any apples, so get whatever's on sale. I subbed Stevia for the sugar, but be careful if the apples are sweet already. You won't need as much sweetener. This applesauce also freezes well in portions and is a great topping to pancakes!
We made this for Thanksgiving breakfast with Macintosh apples and added double the cinnamon. Super easy with an apple peeler/corer/slicer. We'll be making again soon!
Just made this recipe with fresh crabapples and it turned out beautifully. I weighed the 4 lbs of apples using my husband's Weight Watcher scale which has a cup on it. It translated to exactly 6 finished cups. I used maple sugar and had to double it as the crabs are quite sour. I also used 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice mix instead of plain cinnamon. On my second batch I discovered that cutting the crabs in half and coring them with a grapefruit spoon is way easier than quartering, coring and slicing. The crabs are small enough not to need slicing. It cut my prep time to less than 1/2 of the first batch.