Friday, October 9, 2009

Homemade Spiced Applesauce

Homemade applesauce just got easier, made in your slow cooker! Apples, brown sugar, water and spices make up this simple fall inspired applesauce. 🍎 🍎 
I have been working on canning some more goodies for the holidays. Last weekend I made Spiced ApplesauceI have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I saw it at the Gooseberry patch site. This recipe comes from their cookbook Autumn with Friends & Family.

I have 6 Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks but, I don't have a copy of this cookbook. However I did get this recipe from their website it was one of their free featured recipes (I love those). I've been wanting to make homemade applesauce, so I thought this recipe was perfect. The best thing about it is you can toss everything in the slow cooker and go to bed.

Your slow cooker will do all the work while you sleep, it doesn't get any easier than that. You'll wake to such a wonderful aroma lingering through your house. Ah the smell of Fall. It also gives me a extra day to get all the applesauce canned and processed

When the applesauce was done I used my Hand mixer with the blade attachment to crush up the cooked apples and just like that I had homemade applesauce. Thanks Jo Ann and Vickie for another wonderful recipe.

Peel, core and dice up the apples. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.

Mix everything together, cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.

Ummm cooked apples what a wonderful smell. You can see my blade attachment to my hand mixer. It made mixing and chopping up the apples a breeze.

Now you have the perfect spiced applesauce! 

Pour hot mixture into hot sterilized jars, and add sterilized lids and rings. Process in a hot water bath. Process half pints and pints for 15 minutes and quarts for 20 minutes. Remove and place on a dish towel on the counter. Let jars sit overnight to make sure the lids seal.

Fall Spiced Applesauce

8 - golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 - cup packed brown sugar
1/2 - cup water
1 - teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; stir to mix. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours, or on high setting for 3-4 hours. 

When done stir with a wooden spoon. Gently crush applesauce against the side of the slow cooker to desired consistency. 

I used my immersion blender with the blade attachment until I had the consistency of applesauce.

Makes 8-10 servings.

adapted from: Gooseberry Patch Autumn with Friends & Family 


sherri said... #

I've never made applesauce- I will have to try this.

Neely said... #

I have made applesauce the past few falls, but never spiced. Sounds yummy and in the slow cooker even better. Thanks for ideas!

Leslie said... #

Nothing better than Homemade apple sauce! My mom used to make it for us. Delish

Gooseberry Patch said... #

Nothing says fall like homemade applesauce. This recipes is one of our favorites glad you enjoyed it!

If you love free recipes, be sure to check out our new blog for lots more goodies.

Thanks for your kind words...great photos!

Anonymous said... #

Wow! This looks awesome! I want to try it right away. ;)

Libby said... #

I have never made homemade applesauce and had no clue how easy it was to make until I read this post. Isn't Gooseberry Patch wonderful? :)

Janice said... #

I just got 5 pounds of apples from my CSA so I'll make this tomorrow. Yum!

Anonymous said... #

You just gave me nostalgia of my Mom's homemade applesauce!

Anonymous said... #

This sounds amazing. You are amazing. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest.

Heidi said... #

Looks great! The contest is a local one. People had to go online and vote for my recipe and they took the top 10 for a cook off. It's Tuesday night at 6:30 and the grand prize is a $1000 grocery card to a local grocery store! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Dorothy said... #

Waking up to the aroma of spiced applesauce? Sounds right up my alley!

I've named you as a recipient of the "One Lovely Blog" award, for all your delightful recipes!

Laila said... #

Looks really delicious ..
Laila ..

Rebecca said... #

You don't have to dice them, just slicing them is enough. They are plenty soft after 8 hours in the crock.

I adore applesauce, especially homemade (because I can adjust the flavors however I want depending on my mood). People are always so surprised to hear that I make my own applesauce. They think it must be very difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth, but they don't believe me. Apples+Crockpot=Applesauce, easy! I mash it up with a fork (a handheld mixer sounds like it would make smoother applesauce, for sure). I even have a friend who leaves on the skins, she just cores the apples and runs the applesauce through the blender after it cooks.