I am SO excited to share today’s homemade applesauce recipe with you guys today!
After our trip to the apple orchard last weekend, we undoubtedly came home with a lot of apples. And for once in my life, I actually knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Homemade applesauce, baby!
My mom has always made homemade applesauce and it’s absolutely delicious. However, she makes hers using a strainer and a bunch of other jazz that involves standing over the stove. I did not want to do this. So I broke out my trusty crockpot instead.
Of course, any time I’m baking with apples, I always use my Apple Peeler, Corer, and Slicer. This thing is a life saver AND a time saver. Seriously, if you don’t have one, I would highly recommend it! You can also use it with potatoes, too.
But back to the goods…
I took about 8 medium sized Macintosh apples (my favorite for baking), had them do their thing on the contraption above, cut each peeled/cored apple in half (also to check and see that the corer actually got out all of the seeds…sometimes they’re aligned weird) and tossed them in the crockpot.
I then added a little water, some brown sugar for a little sweetness, and some spices sprinkled on top. Then I threw on the lid, turned the crockpot on high, and let it do its magic.
I checked in on it a few times to give it a little stir and the smell? Ohhh emmm geeeee.
After about 5 hours or so, the apples were noticeably softer so I grabbed my potato masher and mashed everything up just a bit better, but not all the way because I still wanted to keep some chunks in there. And just like that, I had applesauce.
But I’m telling you, this is not just any applesauce.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that my “recipe” is revolutionary or anything. In fact, I’m sure if I went and searched, there’s probably a bunch that sound just like it. But I think the main reason I’m so in love with it is the use of brown sugar over white sugar.
The brown sugar gives it the most decadent flavor, that completely reminds me of apple crisp. It’s basically like dessert. And I’ll let you know that it’s ALSO delicious topped with some crushed graham crackers or a little granola. Seriously. Just like dessert.
15 minPrep Time
6 hrCook Time
6 hr, 15 Total Time
- 8 Macintosh apples, peeled, sliced, and cored
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Peel/slice/core all of the apples and place them in a crockpot. Add water, then sprinkle apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours (or low for 8-9 hours) or until apples are softened. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash/puree the apples to the consistency of your liking (although they will break down quite a bit so go easy on them!). Stir and enjoy!
I’ve already made two batches of this applesauce and will probably need to make a third within another couple of days. It’s just THE best!
In case you’ve got an abundance of apples and are looking for MORE delicious apple recipes, here are a couple of my favorites:
Courtney’s Apple Crisp (<—this is next on my “to make” list!)
Apple Cider Cupcakes with Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting (<—this one doesn’t need apples, but it does use apple cider, which you always leave the apple orchard with!)
Creamy (Eat With Anything) Fruit Dip (<—goes AMAZING with apple slices!)
Happy baking, my friends!