I know – it’s not apple season. But I couldn’t resist sharing this healthy, naturally gluten-free and refined sugar-free, simple applesauce recipe with you. You’ll never buy applesauce again.
Last week I had some apples rolling around in the fruit drawer that were on the verge of going bad. I can’t stand to throw food out so I chopped up the apples and threw them in my CrockPot. (I like the programmable kind.) I thought about adding a cinnamon stick but then decided to let it cook au natural.
Four hours later, I pulled out a big piece of apple, scraped the cooked flesh away from the skin and took a bite.
Baked apples, in any form, have always been a favorite of mine. I spent hours recreating my childhood favorites to include in my book – Apple Crisp, Apple Pie with Pecan Crumb Topping, Baked Apples stuffed with Currants. And there’s Joe’s favorite, my French Apple Tart.
There wasn’t anything special about these apples. No sweetener or spiced added, just big chunks of fruit thrown into a slow cooker with a little water. The first bite didn’t disappoint. The sweet flesh was still a little firm, reminiscent of biting into an apple pie. I let them cook for another hour, when I deemed them ready for the food mill.
I like my applesauce chunky so I use the disk with the largest holes when I run it through the food mill. It leaves little pieces of apple skin, too, which adds to the texture and mouthfeel. If you like your applesauce smooth, use the small disk.
Spread warm applesauce on your favorite loaf of zucchini bread or pumpkin loaves. Eat it cold with nothing at all or topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg.