My oldest son, Andy, absolutely LOVES applesauce, so the idea of making it homemade was a huge hit for him!!!
Here is what we did.
- About 3lbs of apples. (Our favorite "so far" have been the Gala apples, but we like Macintosh too. We also added in one or two Granny Smith apples into our Gala recipe to add just a touch of tartness to it.)
- 3 TBSP of Lemon juice (now all the recipes we tried asked for real lemon or lemon zest....we kept with our own touches and have used both the Real Lemon from the concentrate, and also a squeezed lemon....both worked equally as well!)
- 1/2 cp of Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- Peel and core the apples (Here is our newest secret, we save the apple peelings in a ziplock with another 2 tbsp of Lemon and then the kids eat them as Apple Chips)
- Chop apple into small nickel size chunks. Place into a Crock Pot.
- Add Lemon Juice and stir. (I add lemon juice as I go, so the apples don't turn brown!)
- Add 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar and mix well
- Turn on Crock pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours. (The apples need to become applesauce like....and if you find you want your applesauce thinner, place in a bullet or food processor to puree. We like ours just a little chunky so we keep it as is!)
- Add the cinnamon to taste. Depending on the batch of Apples, I have also added a tbsp of sugar, if needed. The McIntosh needed it, but the Gala did not.
A few other helpful hints....we like to cook this all day and then have it become ready around dessert time. We LOVE to make a crisp to put on top of a little bit of hot apples and serve with ice cream! Can't beat it to get a dessert out of your applesauce too.
- 1/2cup of Bisquick
- 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp of unsalted butter softened (not melted)
Stir all the ingredients together until it forms a chunky topping for your apples. Serve apples, crisp, then ice cream on top!!! Yummy!!! Enjoy :O)