Thursday, July 7, 2011

Crock Pot Apple Pie Filling or Applesauce

Last fall when I was in Missouri visiting family we needed a way to use up the apples they had picked before they went bad.  This is what I came up with and is a simple easy way to make homemade applesauce or apple pie filling with those apples that are sitting in your fridge that have gone soft or if you have an apple tree.

Start by pealing your apples.  I have an apple/peeler/corer/slicer that does a fantastic job but you can peel them anyway you want.  I put my apples in a bowl of ice cold water - no salt or lemon just ice water to keep them from turning brown while I'm working.  
 If there are some apples that are too soft to put through the peeler (or you don't have one) just slice them up peel and all and thrown them in the bowl.  Peels are good for you and no one will ever know.  You want enough apples to fill your crock-pot as full as possible.  The apples shrink when you cook them.

Now to the good stuff.  
I threw in about a 
1/2 cup of brown sugar 
1/4 cup of white sugar, 
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon 
1 Teaspoon of nutmeg  
1/3 cup water
This is to your taste, you can add stevia or agave if you can't have sugar or you can leave them unsweetened.  Whatever suits your fancy.  I however like to add sugar so I did.  In fact, after it's cooked a few hours I like to taste the apples to see if I need to add more sugar.  I do recommend that you don't add too much sugar at first - you want to be able to taste the delicious apple flavor. As for the water, I just pour out most of the water in the bowl the apples are sitting in and use that water.  It has great apple flavor and you aren't losing any nutrients.
 Add lemon juice from one lemon to help the apples not turn brown
 Stir the apples so all the sugar and spices get mixed together with the water and apples. 
Doesn't it look good already?

This is what it looks like when it's done....only better because the lighting is so bad!
You now have two options:
1.  You can cook them on low for 4-6 hours and have apple pie filling.  The apples will be somewhat crisp like apple pie.

2.  Or you can cook them 6-8 hours or all day or overnight and have applesauce.  The longer you cook them the softer they become.  If you want chunky applesauce give them a quick stir and serve.  If you want a more traditional applesauce stir completely or use a potato masher. 

Now for some options:
cook overnight and serve warm on oatmeal or pancakes.
put them in the crock-pot in the afternoon for some apple pie dessert.  Serve with vanilla ice cream and this:

Yes, unroll these pie crusts onto a baking sheet.  
Cook for 5-7 min or golden brown.  
Use a pizza cutter to cut into wedges then add a slice to your bowl of apples and ice-cream.
Crock-Pot Apple Pie never tasted soooo good!

This recipe and pictures are mine - please don't post anywhere else without my permission.

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