Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall calls to me to make aromatic food. Nothing says September quite like apples and cinnamon. Cinnamon applesauce made in the slow cooker not only tastes delicious and is free from preservatives, it makes our house smell wonderful. This recipe makes a nice chunky (or process for smooth) applesauce with a pleasant sweat tarness.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

  • 24 medium sized apples, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4 TB. light brown sugar

Set crock pot on low and place the peeled and chopped apples into it. Add the lemon juice, brown sugar and two cinnamon sticks. Cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Whisk to give the applesauce a nice chunky consistency and remove the cinnamon sticks.

Two dozen apples fills my large oval slow cooker. If you have a smaller slow cooker or want to make a smaller batch, you can cut the recipe in half. Keeps well in the fridge or can by normal canning methods.

 

Pumpkin Hunting

Photo by Vanessa Druckman

Pumpkin hunting is serious business around here. Fall, with its cooler weather, apples, pumpkins, and changing leaves is our favorite season. October, being the month in which we were married, is our favorite of all times.

In our area, most families head to pumpkin patches that resemble mini-pumpkin themed amusement parks more so than actual pumpkin patches, with high admission fees, rides and activities, and expensive cut pumpkins stacked neatly next to the gift shop.
That’s not really our style though, and each year we head to a family owned pumpkin patch whose closest thing to an amusement park is a big pile of hay for the kids to jump in. We head out into the fields, in search of the pumpkins which speak to us. Each year we come away with a trunk full of pumpkins for carving and baking for under $20. Most importantly, we leave with the memories of our pumpkin hunting tradition.