Melissa's Cuisine: Applesauce

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The added ingredients in this applesauce take it from everyday to gourmet!
Melissa's Cuisine: Applesauce

Have you ever been apple picking? Until 3 years ago I hadn't! Considering that Michigan is one of the top apple growing states, I am surprised it took me so long! Last year unseasonably warm temperatures followed by a freeze damaged the apple crops so severely we were unable to pick apples because there weren't any! This year the weather cooperated and there are plenty of apples to be picked.

Mike, Summer, and I headed out to a nearby apple orchard with some of our friends and their baby girl.  Of course our daughters are much too young to help (or remember our adventure!), but we wanted to include them in our families' tradition.  We picked 3 kind of apples: Honeycrisp, Cortland, and Empire.  The Honeycrisp are my favorite for eating.  The Empire apples were enormous and perfect for this applesauce; I threw in a few Cortland apples as well.

This applesauce goes beyond my typical applesauce recipe which includes one ingredient: apples.  I really enjoyed this recipe because it seemed extra special.  The best part about this recipe is that it's made in the Crock-pot. No standing over the stove stirring a pot of apples.  Just put everything in the slow cooker, turn it on and walk away.  Your house will smell amazing!
Melissa's Cuisine: Applesauce

Serves 8

6 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup apple cider
2 Tablespoons butter
3-6 Tablespoons honey (adjust for how sweet you prefer your applesauce)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1.  Combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker.

2.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until apples are soft.

3.  Using an immersion blender, mash the apples to your desired consistency.  (You can also use a blender, food processor, or a potato masher.)

Serve warm.  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients source: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody


  1. Hi Melissa,
    We love homemade applesauce, this looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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