Whenever I make applesauce I get so proud of myself.
Whenever I make applesauce I also feel very Caroline Ingalls.
Except it is really not anything to be that proud of and it was not nearly so easy for her to do as it is for me.
But I love that I just fill the crockpot with apples, a cinnamon stick and a sliver of lemon peel and let it go overnight and voila! A quick stick blender blend and I have magically turned a full crockpot into a half pot of deep brown, slightly lemony, Apple goodness.
It is non-intuitive because (while I only do it when apples are on deep sale) it costs more than applesauce which typically costs us nothing because we don't typically purchase the sauce. But it's fun, it tastes amazing and we all three love it plus it is excellent to freeze for baking.
So here is my very official blogger recipe (slightly adapted from skinnytaste.com, I leave out the sugar) :
Fill the crock pot with peeled and cored apples (6-10)
Add a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon if you like.
A curl of lemon peel
Cook 8ish hours on low.
Stir vigorously for chunky sauce or blend for smooth.
This got super dark because it was in the crockpot for a longer than usual time.