Sheila here. A lot of people think it's some age old instinct to put some fat on our bodies for a scarcity of food in winter. Of course, we don't have to worry about that anymore! But the abundance of apples, and pumpkin, and squash have inspired me to cook some new (old) things.
My mom used to make homemade applesauce for my dad. I remember her spending a lot of time in the kitchen peeling and boiling lots and lots of apples, then mixing and mashing, and adding sugar and cinnamon until it was just right. And she always made a lot to put in the freezer for later. It was so good warm, cold, or right out of the freezer like a dessert! In my memory, I feel like it was a long process, so I haven't made Mom's version too many times.
So I was really happy when my daughter Kasey posted a recipe for homemade applesauce on her All Things Mamma blog. She makes it in the crockpot. Yes, you still have to do all the peeling, but once you add your water, sugar, and cinnamon you can walk away! Kasey is a great cook, and her blog is full of yummy recipes, household tips, and even contests, so check it out. http://allthingsmamma.com/
Here's Kasey's Crockpot Applesauce recipe. When I made it I used Jonagold apples, and it was perfect. And the amount of sugar and cinnamon is totally flexible, depending on your taste. Ric, Katie, and Eric LOVE cinnamon, so I pile it on there. For me, food, family, and friendship go hand in hand. Sharing a special recipe or dish is a way of sharing love. So here's some love and friendship from our family to yours!
KASEY'S CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
7-10 fresh, semi-tart apples, like Jonagold
Peel and dice into small pieces and add to crock pot.
Cover with water.
Add 1 tsp of Cinnamon and 1/4 cup of Sugar.
Cook on High for 3 hours.
When finished – poor off excess water and smash with potato masher, fork or even a whisk. If you’d like smoother applesauce, use a mixer, blender or food processor.
Serve warm or chilled.