Fall is officially upon us in the Windy City. If it wasn’t switching my drawers from shorts and tanks to sweaters or now wearing a coat + scarf on a daily basis, then it was the nip in the air that caused my hands and nose to go numb watching the Chicago Marathon.
Post-marathon viewing I made the executive decision that it was the perfect fall day for my inaugural attempt at homemade applesauce.
8 medium apples (use a combination Honey Crisp, Gala, Macintosh, Fuji, etc)
1 strip of lemon peel (use half of what is pictured above *ahem* I used too much lemon peel)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 inch cinnamon stick
5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked)
- Peel, core and chop the apples.
- Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.
- Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.
- Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
- Option to use a blender or whisk to smooth the applesauce, but I liked the chunkier texture — seemed more homemade to me.
- Eat or can keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.
Perfect for a snack, side, dessert, or a fabulous gift idea for teachers, coworkers, family or friends this holiday season.