October 1, 2010 by Dana
When we got home, I put the bag of apples on the counter. As I stared at the bag, my mind started churning with questions. What am I going to do with all these apples? There are only two of us! How can I possibly use all of them?? There have to be over fifty apples in that bag!
Well, I was right. There were over fifty apples. Fifty-six, to be exact. Fifty-six. I know. I counted.
Immediately, I began scouring the internet for apple recipes. From that point on, we would be eating apples creations morning noon and night. Literally.
For brunch, I made an Apple Cheddar Frittata (from Martha… delicious as expected… but the photos were not quite blog-worthy). Dinner was Apple Butternut Squash Soup (which was ok… nothing special… not worth posting). And, of course, I made the obligatory apple dessert.
I found a great sounding recipe for Apple Confit on Eating Well. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. A healthy apple dessert with a few simple ingredients? Sounds like the perfect recipe!
3 pounds firm cooking/baking apples
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Now, if you notice, the title of this post is Crockpot Applesauce, not Apple Confit. If you do want apple confit, follow the directions below, but be sure to cut the apples into larger chunks. The thin apple slices cooked down so much in only two hours, that as soon as I stirred them, they broke down into a sauce, instead of a chunky dessert.
1. Peel the apples and slice 1/4 inch thick. (You should have about 9 cups.)
2. Place the apples in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add sugar and cinnamon, and toss to coat well.
3. Cover and cook until the apples are very tender and almost translucent, but not pureed, 2 to 2 1/2 hours on high or 4 to 4 1/2 hours on low. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
While not what I had originally intended to make, this Crockpot Applesauce was delicious! It made a great snack and dessert. Make it for your family today, and you won’t be disappointed. But don’t expect it to last too long… it was so delicious that Jake and I couldn’t stop finding excuses to eat some! Good thing I have a few more apples left ;)