I’ve spent the last 5 years consuming Mussleman’s apple sauce, but today I decided that enough was enough and decided to make my own slow cooked cinnamon applesauce recipe.
Who knew applesauce was this easy to make? If I had known how easy it was to prepare, I would have started making my own cinnamon applesauce recipe a long time ago. Thankfully, it’s never too late and I’m so glad I realized this sooner.
To be honest with you, the first time I discovered applesauce was at summer camp in 2016. I was a camp counselor (my first job ever) and we had to serve the little kids applesauce as their midday snack. And being the exhausted camp counselor that I was, I decided to try kid food.
Turned out to be the best thing I had ever tried since sliced bread. It was so good that I stopped buying apples completely.
That being said, this recipe is super easy to make. However, you will need to exercise some patience because your cook time would be quite long. If you have a slow cooker, then feel free to toss this is your slow cooker while you go about your day. The longer you leave the apples to boil, the softer it will become, making it easy to mash eventually.
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Ingredients for Cinnamon Applesauce
- Sweet Apples: I used sweet red apples, but you can use green apples if you prefer that.
- Brown Sugar: For sweetness.
- Lemon Juice: Balances the sweetness, adding a tangy note.
- Cinnamon: The star of the show.
- Water: Just a little to cook the apples down to a desired consistency, and also to prevent burning.
How to make Slow Cooked Cinnamon Applesauce
As mentioned earlier, making cinnamon applesauce is super easy. Follow these steps to ensure you get a great tasting recipe.
In a small pot or a crockpot slow cooker, mix together apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Add approximately ¼ cup of water. If using a small pot, cover it and let the mixture simmer over low heat for an hour. If using a slow cooker, cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours or on high heat for 2 to 3 hours.
After cooking (when the apples soften), use a potato masher or an immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth, adding more water bit by bit if it’s too thick until you reach the perfect consistency.
Serve your delicious creation and savor every bite! And hey, if you try this out, don’t forget to drop a comment and share your experience!
How To Store Cinnamon Applesauce
Properly storing cinnamon apple sauce is key to maintaining its freshness and flavor. After cooking, let the apple sauce cool to room temperature.
This prevents condensation inside the storage container, which can negatively impact the sauce’s quality. Use airtight containers for storage, with glass jars being the ideal choice as they don’t absorb flavors and are easy to clean. For plastic containers, ensure they are food-safe and BPA-free.
For short-term storage, transfer the cooled apple sauce into your containers and seal them tightly, then refrigerate. This method will keep the apple sauce fresh for up to a week or two.
Remember to label the containers with the storage date to keep track of freshness.
Also, always use a clean spoon when serving the apple sauce to prevent contamination, particularly important if storing in the refrigerator. Following these guidelines will ensure your cinnamon apple sauce remains a delightful and safe addition to your meals and snacks.
Helpful Tips For Great a Slow Cooked Applesauce
Although this recipe calls for cinnamon, keep in mind that it’s optional. You can eat apple sauce without cinnamon and still find it delicious. However, the cinnamon gives it an extra kick that I find appetizing.
I would also recommend that you select really sweet apples. There are a variety of apples that are just plain sour in my opinion. Therefore, make sure you pick the right kind. And hey, don’t forget to peel off the skin before preparation.
Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe
- 6 Sweet Apples - Diced without skin
- 2 tbsps Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice - freshly squeezed
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- ¼ – 1 cup Water
- To a small pot on low heat add in your apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Combine thoroughly.
- Add about ¼ cup of water and cover to cook. If using a small pot, simmer over low heat for an hour. If using a slow cooker, cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours or on high heat for 2 to 3 hours, until the apples soften.
- Using a potato masher or immersion handheld blender (for a better mix), blend until you achieve a smooth consistency.
- If too thick, add water in bits and continue blending until you achieve desired consistency.
- Serve and Enjoy! Also, leave a comment if you give it a try!