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What is Applesauce?
Quite simply, applesauce contains apples, cooked down into a chunky sauce. For a smoother texture, some prefer to blend it after cooking.
Many commercial sauces contain added sugars and flavorings. But we don’t. We don’t find our applesauce needs them. We do usually add a bit of cinnamon, however. Our family loves cinnamon applesauce!
Is Applesauce an American invention?
No. In fact, applesauce goes back to at least medieval Europe. People of the time found it helped them preserve their apples after harvest time. By the 1700’s recipes using applesauce appeared in cookbooks such as the English cookbook, Compleat Housewife, by Eliza Smith (1739).
Uses for Applesauce
- Many recipes use applesauce as a component.
- It can be used as a replacement for oils and some other ingredients in recipes
- It’s often served as a side dish or a topping.
- Applesauce makes a great baby food!
Crock Pot Applesauce
- 6 pounds apples about 12 large or 18 medium, peeled
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- Cut apples into cubes, discarding the seeds and inner core. Put into crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients to crock pot.
- Cook on high for one hour. Stir occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for another 6 hours.
- If apples are not yet completely softened, continue cooking.
- For chunky applesauce, mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. If you prefer smooth applesauce, use a blender.
- Adjust the spices. Add sweetener, if desired.
Notes:The extra sweetener is optional. We find that the longer cooking time brings out the natural sweetness of the apples, so don't use extra sugars. This recipe is easy to adjust for larger or smaller amounts.
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