This is one of the simplest things that I make that taste so delicious and homemade.
My kids know that when I make a big batch of applesauce, I am getting ready to make my favorite gluten free applesauce cake with caramel topping.
I am spoiled because it is very hard for me to even think about eating a store bought version of applesauce. I find it to be overly sweet and lacking in texture. I like my applesauce full of pieces. I wouldn't call it chunky but it definitely is not pureed. I use a potato masher to mash the apples together in the slow cooker.
I like my applesauce to be a combination of sweet and tart. For this reason I use a variety of apples. I always make sure that two or three of them are Granny Smiths. I try not to add a lot of brown sugar but this is where the rich caramel color comes from and I find it to be exceptionally pretty.
I need to take pictures of the Apple Sauce cake and when I do I will link it up here. I am still trying to figure out my time--juggling many hats at that moment. LOL
3 Granny Smith Apples or any tart variety--PEELED
3 red or green apples--red delicious, gala or golden delicious--PEELED
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 a lemon, juice only
1. I use an apple corer to divide my apples in to 8 segments each. Throw away the center.
2. In a large crock pot, add the apple segments.
3. Squeeze half of the lemon over the apples in your slow cooker
4. Add cinnamon and brown sugar.
5. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. I usually check after two hours and give it a good stir. If the apples are still not soft enough to break down using a potato masher, then continue cooking.
6. Remove from heat and mash with potato masher until the desired consistency is reached. I like mine chunky, so that is what you will see in the picture above.
7. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.