The warm flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar that infuse this slow-cooked applesauce make it great to eat by itself or to add into a favorite dessert.
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
How to make this slow cooker applesauce recipe
Slow cooker chunky 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 slow cooker and 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.