This rich, velvety slow-cooked applesauce is perfect served chunky and warm. That’s how I’ve eaten this dish since I was a kid every year around this time. There are a few things that really bring each new autumn home for me. One of those is the smell of baking apples. I could fill a book on all the things I love about this time of year, but I’ll stick with apples for now!
There are many different ways to make applesauce. I’ve tested quite a few of them. I found that slow-cooking brings out a lovely richness and beautiful caramel color. The warm flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar that infuse this applesauce make it great to eat by itself or to add into a favorite dessert for a little extra punch.
How to use slow-cooked applesauce in other desserts
You can eat applesauce as a snack or a side, but what else can you do with it? Here are a few things you can add it to.
- Cake mix
- Ice cream topping
- Banana bread
- Brownie mix
Slow-cooked applesauce is super simple to throw together. Plus, you’ll get that wonderful home-made taste that is a reward all by itself.
Start by peeling the apples and adding them to the pot. Next, toss in the sugars, cinnamon, lemon juice, and spiced apple cider. Stir that all together and cook on low for 3-4 hours. You can leave chunks of apples if you like, or use an emulsifier or blender to make it a bit smoother.
If you’ve ever been to London, you’ll commonly get a side of warm, chunky applesauce with your burger and pub chips.
- 3 lbs red apples
- 3 lbs green apples
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 large lemon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Peel, core, and slice all apples.
- Add apples, cider, lemon juice, sugars, and cinnamon to the slow-cooker.
- Stir this all together.
- Set the slow-cooker on low to 4 hours. Stop cooking after 3 hours.