Every Monday we welcome our daughter Kirsti to blog from her home in Western North Dakota's oil patch. Take it away Kirsti!
We have four fruit trees in our back yard. Two plums, two apple. The plums get picked in the late summer, but we leave the apples to tree ripen until right before our first hard frost.
Harvest time is here.
One bag is enough this morning. The rest of the branches will have to be cleared in the next week, but thankfully the Indian Summer we're enjoying is also giving us a leisurely pace to harvest.
I have a plan for some of these apples. Namely, my Easy Crockpot Apple Sauce. It's one of those fix-it-and-forget-it recipes that tastes delicious but isn't labor intensive. A winning combination.
I started making this when we moved here, three years ago. To tell the truth, I started making almost all of my apple recipes when we moved here. Owning apple trees has a way of making a person an apple cook.
The best part about this sauce (besides the delicious taste) is the convenience. It's seriously so very simple.
Here's the how you put it together:
(Yes, four ingredients. See? Easy!)
1. Wash, then cut the apples. Don't bother peeling them. This is easy, remember? Cut enough to fill your crockpot. Splash some lemon juice over the apples as you are filing the pot.
2. Once your crockpot is full of apple slices, put in brown sugar and a few cinnamon sticks. How much sugar you use depends on how sweet you want the sauce. I like mine on the tart side, so adding two cups of packed brown sugar is my normal routine.
The amount of cinnamon is also subjective. I love a heavy dose of the spice in my sauce so I added three sticks.
But you can experiment with the amounts. It's part of the fun!
By the way, if you don't happen to have cinnamon sticks, don't fret. I've been known to use ground cinnamon when in a pinch. It's still delicious.
3. Put the lid on the crock and let it cook on low for a few hours, until it looks like the photo above. Mine cooked for eight hours while I was away all afternoon. It doesn't necessarily need to take that long though. Just make sure everything is cooked down and soft.
4. Fish the cinnamon sticks out of the pot. (If you used ground cinnamon you won't even need to do this, making it an even easier process. Way to go!)
5. Grab your immersion blender and go to town. Blending is kind of the key step in all of this. It minces those skins we didn't peel when prepping our apples.
And that's all there is to it. Really. So.Terribly.Simple.
This sauce is delicious when used in all the usual fashions. In fact, I'm currently writing this post and eating it as a topping on my cup of plain greek yogurt. Yum.
I'm always on the lookout for delicious apple recipes. Do share! What's your favorite thing to make with apples?