I used a mixture of apple varieties to make this easy crock pot applesauce. I made this version with light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar would work as well.
The applesauce is super easy to fix, and you can choose to keep it a bit chunky or cook it longer and mash for a smoother mixture. Applesauce not only makes a delicious dessert, it can be used in many recipes. Try replacing one-third or one-half of the fat in quick bread or muffins with applesauce. You probably won't notice the difference.
Serve applesauce warm, cold, or room temperature with a dollop of frozen, thawed whipped topping or freshly whipped cream. It makes a delicious everyday dessert.
If you have the freezer space and a surplus of apples, double the recipe and freeze it. See the freezing instructions below the recipe.
- 10 large apples*
- 1/3 cup apple juice, cider, or water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 scant teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- Peel the apples, core, and cut them into small chunks.
- Combine the apples with the remaining ingredients in the crockery insert of the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
- Stir to blend and mash lightly, if desired.
*There are many apple varieties, and some are great for snacking while others are good for cooking or baking. For applesauce, some good choices are Cortland, Baldwin, Elstar, McIntosh, Fuji, Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Northern Spy.
Tips and Variations
Freezing Instructions - Cool the applesauce in shallow containers in the refrigerator and then pack it in freezer containers, with 1 inch of headspace. Leave at least 1 1/2 inches if using canning jars.
Apple and Pear Applesauce - Use half pears in the recipe. Core, peel, and cut into chunks.
Applesauce With Rhubarb - Use 7 apples and 3 cups of fresh sliced (1-inch) rhubarb, and increase the sugar to 3/4 cup.
Cranberry Applesauce - Use 8 apples and 2 cups of fresh cranberries and increase the sugar to 3/4 cup.
Gingered Applesauce - Add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger or 2 teaspoons of ground ginger.