Every year one of my favorite things, EVER, is to go apple picking in the fall. For the past 4 years my husband and I have been in a new home every year, picking apples in a new place, so this is something that holds near and dear to my heart. It's one of those things that always makes me feel at home, no matter where in the world we are. I've come to realize that home for me isn't necessarily a place. Home is in my heart. My heart is where I carry all my loved ones, and all my loved ones are spaced around the country. Therefore my home, my heart, is sprinkled all over. So when I get to do something that makes me feel all homey inside, it's like every single person I love is experiencing that moment with me and its pure magic. So this, along with getting to take home pounds and pounds of apples, is why I look forward to apple picking every year!
When you come home with 20 pounds of apples, needless to say I tend to incorporate apples into just about everything I make. But one thing I look forward to making every year is applesauce! It's another one of those things that makes me feel all homey inside because it reminds me of my applesauce lovin' Mama. Growing up I don't think there was ever a time when we didn't have a jar of cinnamon applesauce in our fridge, Mama loooooves her applesauce! I get so excited to make this every year because every time I eat it, it's like I'm sharing a bowl with her.
This is honestly the simplest recipe but is hands down the best applesauce I have ever had. However, I'm for warning you, this does involve quite a bit of apples, so get out to an orchard near you and start picking!
Super Simple Cinnamon Applesauce
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Makes: About 4-5 cups
12 medium sized apples (any kind will do, a variety is fine too)
3 Tbsp Water
3 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Cinnamon*optional
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or Apple Pie Spice would be good too)*optional
- Wash, core, and cut apples into 1-2 inch cubs (the size doesn't really matter) *I choose to leave the skins on my apples because 1) fiber & other rich nutrients and 2) I'm lazy and peeling takes too long. However, you can totally peel them if you want an ultra smooth applesauce or if you plan to just use a masher and don't want chunks of skin.
- Place the apples, water, apple cider vinegar, and spices into crockpot/slow cooker and stir until all the apples are coated well
- Cook for 4 hours
- After 4 hours you have 3 options to finish up your applesauce
- 1: Use a hand blender (which is what I did). Take the hand blender, put in the apple filled crockpot and blend until completely smooth
- 2: In batches, transfer apples to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (I have also done this in the past before I had a hand blender, it can be a pain, but still works fine)
- 3: If you like your applesauce on the chunkier side, you can simple just take a potato masher or fork and mash the apples until they are the consistency that you like. If you choose this method, I would recommend peeling the apples so you don't have chunks of skin
- Enjoy hot or cold, both are delicious!
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks