Crock-Pot Apple Sauce, aka Apple Sauce for Lazy People

I am a huge fan of my crockpot. This style of cooking appeals to me because I am always doing too many things at once, and my crockpot doesn't mind. Even if I am simultaneously working on my laptop/cleaning the house/breaking up fights between my kids/talking on the phone and I forget about what I have cooking for oh, an hour or two past the time it should have been done…the crockpot forgives. It's got my back and no one even knows because nothing is burnt and the house smells like I've been doing nothing but cooking all day. This recipe smells particularly good (mmm..apples and cinnamon) and earns much more credit than it deserves because honestly it takes 5 minutes or less to throw this together. Hence why I have renamed it "Apple Sauce for Lazy People."
Crockpot Apple Sauce 1
Plugging in the crockpot is pretty much the hardest part of the recipe. After that you just cut the cores out of some apples – I used 6 honeycrisp here, but honeycrisp are massive, so it would probably be equivalent to 8-10 smaller apples. Chop them up and throw them in.
Crockpot Apple Sauce 2
Notice I didn't bother peeling my apples? That's that lazy thing again. I chopped them a bit smaller though so that there were no big chunks of peel. Add a cup of Apple Juice and a tsp of cinnamon and put the lid on. Go do whatever you need to do – the work is being done without you. Now truly, crock pots are all different so the time needed to cook the apples down to soft will vary. 4 hours should do it if you have your crock pot on low. If you have used peeled apples, you can just come back and give it a stir and it will break up nicely. If you used the no peel method, this is the time to bring out your immersion blender. Lift the lid and give a whirl. Before you add the sugar, give it a taste and see if you really think it needs it. This will vary a lot based on what variety of apple you used and personal taste preference. If you want sugar, now is the time to add it and stir just until it's dissolved.
Crockpot Apple Sauce 3
Using the immersion blender in my crockpot blended the skins to almost nothing. There is still the odd tiny bit of texture from the skins, but this does not bother my family and certainly saves some work. If you look closely to the photo below you can see some flecks of peel. Of course you can always peel your apples to get a completely smooth texture, but this will give a slightly lower yield.
Crockpot Apple Sauce 4
That's it, that's all. You have yourself some homemade apple sauce. Serve it for breakfast or serve it for dessert. Any food that is acceptable for both is a winner in my books.

Crock-Pot Apple Sauce, aka Apple Sauce for Lazy People

Prep Time: 5 minute

Cook Time: 2½-4 hours

Servings: approx 6 cups of cooked sauce

Ingredients:

  • 6 Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into pieces (approx 1”)
  • 1 cup Davison Apple Juice – (or less for a thicker consistency)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (more or less to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients except brown sugar in crockpot, and cook until apples are tender, approximately 2½ hours on high or 4 hours on low.
  2. Once apples are cooked, add brown sugar and either mash with a fork to keep a chunky texture, or use an immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Enjoy warm as is or with a scoop of ice cream!
  4. If refrigerated, leftovers will keep for several weeks.

 

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