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Slow Cooked Apple Sauce

Preserve the flavor of fall with this Slow Cooked Apple Sauce. The addition of spices brings up memories of the flavor of apple pie.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Slow Cooked Apple Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Author Leelalicious

Ingredients

  • 6 apples peeled, cored and diced or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup to taste

For an optional apple pie flavor:

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or add 1 cinnamon stick while cooking
  • allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom sprinkle of each
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice mix optional to the mix above; this will have a similar effect as above spice mix

Instructions

  1. Place the apple slices/dices in your slow cooker. Drizzle with lemon juice, add salt and optional cinnamon (stick) and spices.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours. Stir occasionally. At the 3 hour mark stir and taste your apple sauce. Depending on taste and the apple variety you use, you may want to add some sweetener. Start with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and add more to taste.
  3. Also depending on the apple variety used, the apple sauce may seem dry after 3 hours. Add a couple tablespoons of water or orange juice and cook for another hour.
  4. For a super smooth texture you can blend the finished apple sauce with an immersion blender. For a medium texture mash with a potato masher.
  5. If you want to can the apple sauce, fill it into sterilized mason jars. Otherwise it will also keep for a few weeks in the fridge.